The Bolgatanga Magistrate Court has remanded into police custody five out of the 63 people recently arrested for allegedly lynching a 67-year-old woman, accused of being a witch at Yenboka Kenna, a town in Pelungu in the Nabdam District of the Upper East Region in Ghana.
The victim, Yenboka Kenna, was accused of witchcraft by some residents of the area and was sent to the Chief of Pelungu Naab Sobil Sore (IV) who later discharged her of not being guilty.
She was subsequently lynched by a mob on the night of Sunday, 28th May 2017, at the Pelungu market, a day before Major Maxwell Adam Mahama was lynched at Denkyira-Obuasi, the Central Region of Ghana
Appearing before the Magistrate court this afternoon, were four members of the same family: Gbambil Sore, Mba Sore, Timbila Sore and Samuel Sore including one Kofi Pale.
The five were charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
The five suspects were among 63 persons rounded up in a police swoop on 10th of June, 2017, to assist police investigations in ascertaining the killers of the deceased.
During the court hearing, the prosecutor, Inspector Gilbert Boteng Addae, prayed the court to remand the plaintiffs into police custody to enable them to complete their investigations into the matter.
He argued that, the plaintiffs to some extent had knowledge about the occurrences of events leading to the lynching of the deceased, but were only willing to give information on the condition that, the chief of Pelungu Naab Sebil Sore (IV) returns from Geneva where he is currently attending a program.
He added that the plaintiffs may interfere in investigations if granted bail, and thus prayed the court to remand them into police custody for two weeks.
However, counsel for the plaintiffs, Anthony Namoo, prayed the court to admit to bail the first suspect Gbambil Sore based on grounds of ill-health.
He also questioned why the fifth suspect, Samuel Sore, an employee of the Controller and Accountant Generals Department, who resides and works in Bolga, and was not home (Pelungu) on the day the incident occurred; but was only arrested the following day could have been remanded.
But the Magistrate Court presided over by His Worship Osman Abdul-Hakin, denied the request, and remanded the five suspects into police custody to enable police to complete their investigations.
The case has thus been adjourned to the 28th of June, 2017.
Source: Citi FM