The Takoradi District Magistrate court has set March 23, 2018 for committal proceedings in the case involving a police officer who has been accused of killing a final year student of the Ghana Secondary Technical School.
The deceased, Lawrence Baidoo was in the company of three other colleagues when he was allegedly shot by Constable Shaibu Adjei of the Inchaban police on December 22 at Nyankrom in the Shama District.
He was pronounced dead after being rushed to a private Hospital at Inchaban. The case which has been pending before the Takoradi Magistrate court since January 2018 was referred to the Attorney General’s Department for advice at the last hearing
At today today’s hearing, the prosecutor, Inspector Bernard Paa Ahinsah told the court prosecution has completed its investigation and has forwarded it to the Attorney General who has advised the accused be charged with Murder. The court, Presided over by his worship Thomas Kobina Offeibie has adjourned the case to March, 23 for committal proceedings when the court would decide if there is indeed enough surface evidence for the accused to be charged with murder.
In an interview with Skyy News’ Nhyiraba Paa Kwesi Simpson, an old student of GSTS and a private legal practitioner, Kobina Ebo Donkor expressed his satisfaction at the pace with which the case is being handled.
“Given the average range in the Ghanaian context, from investigations and prosecution of murders cases, I will say it’s been very impressive. Even today, the Judge also said the same thing, that it’s been pretty early. And that is good”
“I’m not surprised because there is a high stake in the case. The circumstances under which the young man passed away, given the stage of life… a third year student of GSTS, you will see the interest is very high and given the fact that the old boys, family media and everyone is interested in the case”, he added.
Meanwhile, an application for bail by the accused police officer will be heard on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the Sekondi High court in Kweikuma.