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10 July 2017

Chief, 13 others granted bail for exhuming corpse

A District Court in Assin Fosu in the Central region presided over by His Lordship Samuel Ntim Jnr has granted bail to the Chief of Assin Dansame, and thirteen other accomplices for exhuming a corpse that was publicly displayed.

On Monday, June 26, the Chief, Nana Twum Barimah V, was alleged to have ordered some youth in the town to exhume the corpse of the deceased, Koo Emma, few hours after burial.

The Chief was reported to have given the order on the grounds that the deceased did not take part in communal labour when he was alive.

He and some thirteen youth from the community, suspected to have executed his order, were subsequently arrested, and they appeared in court today [Thursday].

They were charged with conspiracy to exhume a corpse, exhuming a corpse and causing fear and insecurity by their action. All the fourteen suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges.

After spending two weeks in police, custody, the 14 suspects were granted GHC5000 bail each with one surety.

This was after lawyer for the accused persons, prayed the court for “out of court settlement”.

Upon consultation of the police prosecutor, Chief Inspector Joe Louis and the complainant, Nana Akomeng Ogyeabatafour, the 14 were granted bail.

The judge, Justice Samuel Ntim Jnr. cautioned to make peace reign in the community.

Both parties have agreed to begin the settlement on August 9, 2017.

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