Akwamufie murder suspects granted bail

An Accra Human Rights High Court yesterday granted the bail application filed by lawyers for the six persons arrested in connection with the murder of the two African Americans at Fihankra near Akwamufie in the Eastern Region.

They are Nana Appia-Nti III, mechanic; Brenda Kareema Mohammed, a pensioner and her son, Yazid Alazim Mohammed, a businessman; Mensah Kamaugogo Muata, a surgeon assistant and Nana Obiri Yeboah, a farmer.

George Benard Shaw, lawyer for the six, had been battling for bail at an Accra central magistrate court where the accused persons are stand­ing trial for murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

According to the prosecution led by ASP Stephen Adjei, the accused persons, between 4 and 5 May, 2015, at Fihankra, did agree and acted together with a common criminal objective to murder Mamelina Diop, 75 and Nzinga Khaliya Jaana, 69.

However, Mr. Shaw, unsatisfied with the position of the magistrate court, proceeded to the high court to seek bail for his clients.

Sefakor Abatse, a state attorney representing the Attorney General (A-G), said the state would not oppose the bail application.

The high court, presided over by Justice Kofi Essel Mensah, according­ly granted the application and admit­ted the five persons to bail in the sum of È»100,000.

Anokye Yaw Frimpong, a driver who recently admitted to singlehandedly murdering the women, was not granted bail.

It may be recalled that the Akosombo police mounted a search for the two deceased African-Americans after they were reported missing.

The search led to the discovery of freshly dug grave, about 150 meters to Frimpong's maize farm, in which the bodies of the women who were pensioners from the American Civil Service, were discovered.

According to the facts presented by ASP Adjei, interrogations led to the arrest of the accused persons and Frimpong, 24, confessed to the crime while the others denied their involvement.

Anokye Frimpong, after confess­ing, demonstrated to the police how he murdered the two sisters after which he buried their bodies in a shallow grave.

Frimpong is said to have commit­ted a similar offence.