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    Ritual murder: Court refuses bail again for Taxi driver; case adjourned to Sept. 28

    A repeat application for bail moved by a lawyer for the taxi driver who allegedly confessed to the killing of several people on a radio show Felix Ansah has been dismissed.

    The accused person has however been remanded into Police custody to reappear on September 28.

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    In court on Thursday, the prosecutor Inspector Princess Tetteh Boafo told the court that, they have received fresh information that required them to travel across the country for more investigation.

    His Lawyer Theophilus Donkor argued that the prosecution had only come to court with an empty sheet for the court to fill for them.

    According to him, the case against his client is more of a spiritual thing and therefore he should be admitted to bail.

    He described the invitation to remand the accused person as being in “bad taste.”

    The court presided over by Her Honour Rosemond Baah Torsu said the time given to the prosecution to reappear today was so short.

    She however refused the repeat application for bail and adjourned the case to September 28.

    Starvation

    His lawyer also drew the courts attention to concerns that his client was not being fed in custody.

    But the prosecutor said she was only hearing that concern for the first time. She assured the court she will ensure the concern is addressed.

    Background

    The accused person was on Monday, September 13 arraigned before the Circuit Court presided over by Her Honour Rosemond Baah Torsu.

    He has pleaded not guilty to the charge of Publication of false news contrary to section 208(1) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 Act 29.

    He was then remanded into police custody to reappear on September 16 for the court to reconsider the bail application.

    This was after his lawyer Theophilus Donkor had made a bail application and the same was opposed to by the prosecution.

    Chief Inspector Godfeed Bampoe, the prosecutor who held brief for ASP Sylvester Asare argued that the matter is still under investigation and remanding the accused will help the investigators.

    Per the brief facts presented to the court by the Prosecutor, the accused “also stated that he buried a pregnant woman alive at Ashiaman to perform a sacrifice for Alfred Agbesi [The former MP for Ashaiman).”

    Brief Facts

    Brief facts of the case as presented to the court by Chief Inspector Bampoe were that, sometime in September 2021, the attention of Police was drawn to a statement made or published on the “Maakye show on Onua Television station by the accused to the effect that, he buried alive a pregnant woman at Ashaiman.

    According to him, upon the receipt of this information, Police launched an investigation into the matter which led to the arrest of the accused.

    He said preliminary investigation revealed that the accused is a taxi driver and resides at Wejia, Accra.

    He said, it was also established during investigation that on 2 September 2021 at Onua TV morning show namely “Maakye” with host Captain Smart, the accused in a response to a question from the host stated that he has killed several persons in the past.

    The Prosecutor said, the accused “also stated that he buried a pregnant woman alive at Ashiaman to perform a sacrifice for Alfred Agbesi [The former MP for Ashaiman).

    “However Police is yet to extend the investigation to locate the scene of the alleged buried and other persons mentioned by the accused person,” he told the court.

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