Alleged murderers of Prof Benneh plead for bail
The Kaneshie District Court, presided over by Her Honour Mrs Ama Adumako Kwashie, has denied a bail application filed by Cumulous Stephen Sackey, defence counsel for the accused persons in the murder of University of Ghana Law Professor, the late Emmanuel Yaw Benneh.
The accused persons, James Nana Womba and Opambour Agya Badu Nkansah, were denied bail by the court on the grounds that the case was still under police investigation, and that the bail may impede the investigation, as the lawyer failed to establish that his clients had a permanent place of abode, or were gainfully employed, as well as that the court lacked jurisdiction to grant bail in such a high profile case.
The court was also informed that Opambour Agya Badu Nkansah, second accused (A2) in the trial, could not attend court because he was indisposed.
However, the bail application was opposed by the Prosecutor, Inspector Ebenezer Teye-Okuffo, who stated that though bail was subject to the discretion of the court, he however, prayed the court to deny it, since two other suspects were at large.
He also stated that the accused persons are before the court on the offence of murder, which the police had still not finished with their investigation into the matter.
According to him, if the accused persons are admitted to bail, they will impede investigations, hence, they should be remanded into lawful custody.
State prosecutors, on September 16, 2020, had earlier pressed a murder charge against four persons, namely Christian Pobee, James Nana Womba, Isaac Botchwey, and Adams Mensah Mansur.
The state, on September 30, dropped the case against Isaac Botchwey, Christian Pobee and Adams Mensah.
James Nana Womba, a cleaner at the late lecturer’s residence, is the one said to have confessed his involvement in the murder
Opambour Agya Badu Nkansah was mentioned by the Prosecutor as Womba’s accomplice and had also been charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder.