Trial of Lucas adjourned to July 24

Accra- The Accra High Court on Tuesday adjourned to Wednesday, July 24, the trial of Lucas Agboyie, a Togolese national accused of defiling and murdering a seven-year-old girl at Zenu, near Ashaiman.

This is because of a conference being held for lawyers and judges in Accra.

On July 10, Counsel for Lucas, Mr Eric Opoku Brobbey, of the Legal Aid informed the Court that the Accra Psychiatric Hospital has requested to see a family member of the accused person for his mental history to assess his mental capability.

He said it was to ensure that Agboyie was mentally fit to face trial as requested by the Court.

Agboyie aka Sympathy, Sky Lover, Agbey or Gabriel was committed by an Accra District Court in April 2017, to stand trial at High Court for the alleged murder of the girl.

Briefing the Court, the Prosecution said the victim, Ruth Ankomah was a pupil of Meshach Academy School at Zenu, Ashiaman.

He said in April 2015, at about 0800 hours, the deceased mother prepared porridge and gave GH20.00 to the deceased to go and buy bread at a nearby shop for breakfast.

The Prosecution said having waited for some time, without Ruth’s return, the mother became alarmed and started searching for her in the area but to no avail.

Prosecution said later, one Sarah informed the victim’s mother that she saw Agboyie pulling the victim into his metal container.

He said a group of people joined her mother and they marched onto Agboyie’s container but could not find him.

He said, however, they found the naked lifeless body of the victim lying in a supine position on an old student mattress with blood oozing from her nostrils and mouth.

The Prosecution said Agboyie was nabbed by the search party where he confessed killing the victim after having sex with her for an hour.

He said Agboyie told investigators that he wanted to have sex with the victim but she kept screaming so he strangled her after which he had sex with her.

The Prosecution said when the Police visited the scene, they saw bruises on the neck of the deceased with her vagina swollen, while her pants, sandals and dress were lying beside her.

He said they also found two wrappers of cannabis sativa, G0.00, a National Health Insurance card and another Hospital card bearing the name of one Obeng Oscar.

He said Agboyie further mentioned one Ali Baba who lived nearby as the one who contracted him to kill the victim.

When the police proceeded to the house of the said Ali Baba, they found out that there was nobody in the house by that name and that the said house was occupied by a medical doctor.

He said the medical doctor upon interrogation denied knowing the accused and Police investigations also did not get any link of the murder with the doctor.

Prosecution said when autopsy was conducted on the victim, it indicated that the victim died as a result of strangulation.

Source: Ghana News Agency