Court issues arrest warrant for murder suspect

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The Accra High Court has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of an unemployed man, Kojo Nyarko, who is standing trial in connection with the alleged murder of a national security operative at Agona Amanfrom in the Central Region.
Nyarko has been charged with abetting Ebenezer Benyin to murder Philip Kwame Oduro Acquaye, the national security operative, and is on bail in the sum of GH¢10,000, with two sureties.

But his inability to appear before the court last Monday and yesterday forced the court to rescind his bail and subsequently order his arrest.

The court, presided over by Mrs Justice Merley Afua Wood, last Monday issued a stern warning to Nyarko’s counsel to inform Nyarko to appear before the court yesterday or his bail would be rescinded.

That was after counsel had pleaded with the court to adjourn the trial to yesterday to enable him to contact Nyarko.
However, when the case was called yesterday, Nyarko was once again absent.

The trial will continue on May 29, 2017.

Alleged incident
Benyin, who has been charged with Acquaye’s murder, was in court.

The alleged murder, according to the prosecution, happened on Acquaye’s farm located at Agona Amanfrom in the Agona East District in the Central Region on June 24, 2014.

Nyarko, who is a cousin of Acquaye’s, was offered a job on the farm by his cousin, but Nyarko decided to allow Benyin, who is his friend, to also work on the farm.
That, the prosecution claimed, angered Acquaye because he was not informed about the development.

He, therefore, ordered his cousin and Benyin to pack and leave the farm.

When Acquaye, who was resident in Accra, visited his farm at Agona Amanfrom, he once again asked Nyarko and Benyin to leave the farm, but the two demanded salaries before they would leave.

Acquaye refused the demand, a situation which resulted in a fight.

During the fight, the prosecution said, Benyin “suddenly used a pestle he was holding to hit Acquaye from behind and he fell on the ground unconscious’’.

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