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The vigilance of the people of Abukawa, near Kumasi, has led to the arrest of a 23-year old man, Akwasi Abraham, last Friday evening, at his hideout at APT.

Abraham is believed to be a key suspect in the killing of Richard Akwasi Opoku, the 13 year-old- Junior High School pupil, who was beheaded in cold blood three weeks ago.

The suspected murderer is said to have later inflicted cutlass wounds on the mother, and hacked the left arm of his eight year old sister.

The arrest of Abraham brings to five, the number of suspects arrest in connection with the murder of young Richard.

Confirming the arrest of the last suspect to The Chronicle , the Ashanti Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mohammed Yussif Tanko, disclosed that the suspect was arrested by a civilian at his hideout at APT, near the Kumasi Campus of the University of Education, Winneba, on Friday at about 5:30 p.m.

According to ASP Tanko, suspect Abraham, at the time of his arrest, was wielding a sharp machete, but he did not say whether it was the same tool that was used in the killing of Richard.

Currently, according to PRO ASP Tanko, suspect Abraham has been transferred to the Nkawie Division, a jurisdiction of the Abuakwa Police, where he is working.

Other arrests so far affected by the police include Kwadwo Kru, 52, Daniel Appiah, 60, Pastor James Akwasi Appau, 42, and his uncle, Kofi Adjei, 64.

They have all been arraigned before a Magistrate Court at Nkawie, and have since been remanded to assist the police in investigations.

Information gathered indicated that the assailant took advantage of a power outage and attacked his victims, using a torch light as a source of light to identify them.

Information has it that at the time he entered the room, young Richard, who attends school at Tweneboah Kodua JHS, was lying in a supine position, and that gave his murderer an easy opportunity to slash his throat.

A source said, apart from Mrs. Opoku, mother of the deceased, and her two children, her younger sister was also in the room at the time the assailant entered, but the assailant jumped over the younger sister, after identifying her with the torch light, and rather attacked young Opoku, who was sleeping next to her.

The father of the deceased, Pastor Opoku, died just two weeks before the incident took place. He is yet to be buried.


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