The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Godfred Yeboah Dame, has written to the Director-General of Police CID, calling for expeditious investigations into the alleged killing of an 11-year-old boy by two teenagers at Lamptey Mills near Kasoa.
He also wants the Police to as a matter of urgency, determine the actual ages of the two accused persons and ensure they follow the law on evidence in relation to confession.
In the letter directed to the CID, the AG emphasised that the age factor is key because if the accused persons turn out to be minors, their prosecution must end within six months, failing which they will have to be discharged.
Suspects Felix Nyarko, 16, and Nicholas Kini, 18, told the Police, that a spiritualist they consulted demanded a human being and cash of ¢5,000 in exchange for riches. The two are reported to have admitted to the Police that they killed Ishmael Abdallah Mensah, a family friend of the first accused person, Felix, in their quest to meet the demand.
According to the police charge sheet, the accused persons lured the deceased from his home to a nearby uncompleted building, where the second accused person, Kini, hit the back of his neck with the wooden handle of a pickaxe and Nyarko hit him with a cement block.
The matter is before Court but the ages of the two boys are currently in contention, as it will essentially determine the extent of punishment meted out if they are found guilty of the crime.