Suspects who allegedly murdered final year student at Kokofu make first court appearance

Three teenagers accused of murdering a final year Visual Arts student of Oppong Memorial Senior High School are making their maiden court appearance at the Bekwai Magistrate Court.

The Junior High School (JHS) 3 and 2 students, aged between 15 and 17 years, were arrested three days after allegedly stabbing Richard Appiah in the lower abdomen with a broken bottle.

Richard died upon arrival at the Ahmadiyya Moslem Hospital at Kokofu.

Police say Saturday’s incident ensued after an earlier confrontation over an iPhone.

Bekwai District Police Commander, DSP Teddy Damptey-Brown, told JoyNews one of the accused has already confessed to the crime in his caution statement to police.

More suspects are being sought by police.

Bekwai Magistrate Court
Bekwai Magistrate Court
Even before the case was called, the court premises has been packed with relatives and friends of the victim and the suspects.

Relatives and friends of the deceased are mostly clad in red and black attires.

Security is tightened as the suspects wait in a police vehicle with two police officers positioned at the two doors of the vehicle.

Police have already indicated the teenagers, including two brothers, would be charged with initial murder and abutment charges.

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