KIDNAPPERS OF TAKORADI GIRLS SENTENCED TO DEATH
The Sekondi High Court Presided over by Justice Richard Agyei Frimpong has sentenced to death the two suspects in the four missing Takoradi girls case.
The suspects; Samuel Udeotuk Wills and John Oji were charged for kidnapping and murdering Ruth Abakah, 19; Priscilla Blessing Bentum, 21; Ruth Love Quayson,18 and Priscilla Koranchie, 15.
The judgement comes after a seven-member jury found them guilty on all the eight counts of the charge of conspiracy to murder and murder.
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Justice Agyei Frimpong who reminded the counsel of the two convicts of their right to appeal within a 30-day window, gave the verdict after close to three hours sitting.
The four girls were captured at Kansawrado and Nkroful Junction between July and August 2018.
After months of fruitless search for the ladies, on January 4, 2019, relatives, friends and some residents staged a demonstration demanding justice for the girls.
This compelled the Western Regional Police Commander, DCOP Benson Redeemer Dedzo hold a first and official press conference during which he gave details on how the kidnappings happened.
The kidnapping of the girls became a national issue dominating discussions in the media.
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Subsequently, the then CID Boss, Maame Yaa Tiwa Addo Dankwa in a press conference in Accra on 2nd April 2019, assured the families that together with the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) they knew where the girls were and that they were safe and very soon will be brought back home.
However, that promise was never fulfilled causing the families of the girls to accuse her of deception.
Police then stepped up their investigation which later led to the discovery of bones of the girls in a septic tank in the house of the lead suspect, Samuel Udotek Wills.
DNA analysis carried out on the bones confirmed that they were indeed the remains of the girls confirming they were not alive.