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Kasoa Ritual Murder case: Court orders lawyers to file addresses by March 14

February 15, 2024

An has directed the legal representatives involved in the teenager case to submit their addresses by March 14, 2024. This directive followed the conclusion of the cross-examination of the 18-year-old second accused person by the prosecution led by Nana Adomah Osei, an Assistant State Attorney.

During the proceedings, defence counsel Mr Lawrence Boampong, standing in for Mr Martin Kpebu, informed the court that they would not be presenting any witnesses. Mr Boampong explained that the sole witness for the second accused, his grandfather, had passed away.

Presiding over the case, Mrs Justice Lydia Osei Marfo ordered the lawyers to file their addresses, specifying that soft copies should be submitted via email. The court is anticipated to proceed with summing up the case thereafter.

The two teenagers are facing charges of conspiracy and murder in connection with the killing of 11-year-old Ishmael Mensah Abdallah in April 2021 in Kasoa.

During cross-examination by Nana Adomah Osei, the 18-year-old second accused person refuted claims that he had boasted about purchasing a Range Rover vehicle shortly before the murder. He also denied allegations of theft and involvement in criminal activities.

The second accused person vehemently denied any involvement in the murder of Ishmael Mensah Abdallah, rejecting accusations of confessing to the police about his role in the crime. He maintained his innocence, stating that he would not have assisted the victim's father if he had been involved in the killing.

Furthermore, he denied accusations that he had participated in burying the victim alive, asserting that he had no knowledge of the events described by the prosecution.

The proceedings shed light on the complex and contentious aspects of the case, with the defence staunchly refuting the allegations put forward by the prosecution. The court will continue to navigate these complexities as the case progresses.

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