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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

‘Serial Killers’ In Court


•A section of the disappointed crowd outside the courtroom

CHAOS NEARLY broke out yesterday at the Duayaw Nkwanta District Magistrate Court during the trial of two of the four suspected serial killers who are believed to have had a hand in the gruesome murder of a young man at Yamfo in the Tano North District of the Brong Ahafo Region.
The huge crowd, which stormed the court to witness the high-profile trial where a popular Sunyani-based businessman, Evans Peprah Tabiri, one of the four alleged killers, is on trial, nearly vented their spleen on the police, after the public was denied access to catch a glimpse of the suspects.
Due to the heavy crowd at the court, the judge refused to sit in public and rather heard the case in his chambers, a situation which did not go down well with the enthusiastic crowd who wanted to see the alleged killers and know what pushed them to commit the crime, through the open trial.
Evans Peprah Tabiri, 58, was escorted into the court premises with his head covered, with armed policemen warning journalists not to take any photographs or risk having their cameras smashed.
The disappointed crowd could not but hoot at suspect Evans who walked out of the court premises, as he was led back to the Sunyani Central Prisons to start his two-week remand, after spending less than 30 minutes in the judge’s room with his team of lawyers.
The Omanhene of Yamfo, Nana Ansah Adu Baah II, who was also in court, expressed disgust about the way the court handled the case by not sitting in public for everybody to follow the trial.
He told DAILY GUIDE that he and his people would pursue the matter to ensure that justice was served. “We will not sleep over this case until justice is given to my people,” he stated.
Briefing the press later after the indoor hearing, the court registrar, Anthony Oppong Boateng, said Evans and the third accused, Gyamfi Kyeremeh, 47, were remanded by the magistrate, Divine Kwaku Ahiadu, to reappear on 21st December, while the first and second suspects, Kofi Kabia, 22 and Kwadwo Eminibon, 34, who appeared earlier before the same court, had also been remanded into prison custody to reappear on December, 14.
He said no charge had been preferred against Evans and the third accused person.
Mr. Oppong Boateng explained that the judge decided to sit in his chambers to protect life and property due to the huge crowd that turned up in court.
He said the judge only sat to take dates for the next hearing since nobody was there to give evidence.
Evans and his three accomplices were arrested over the brutal killing of 35-year-old mason Kwasi Yeboah, aka Dada, at Yamfo on November 12.
It was widely speculated that some parts of the deceased were removed for ritual purposes.
Meanwhile, DAILY GUIDE has gathered that the wife of the deceased, Agnes Adomah, who was heavily pregnant at the time of the incident, had given birth to a baby boy.
From Fred Tettey Alarti-Amoako, Duayaw Nkwanta

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