2 Lynched For Stealing Sheep

Two people were lynched yesterday, with another badly beaten, near a spot at the Cape Coast Polytechnic in the Central Region, for allegedly stealing three sheep at Ekroful in the Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese District.

The bodies of Godwin, also known as Dauda, 24, and one Kwaku, 21, had been deposited at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, while Richard Mensah, 21 – the third suspect – is on admission at the same facility.

Briefing the Ghana News Agency (GNA), Chief Superintendent Samuel Winful, Cape Coast Metro Police Commander, said the police had a distress call about 15:30 hours on Wednesday from a radio station located within the Cape Coast Polytechnic that two people were being beaten by a mob near the institution.

He said when the police got to the area, they found two people lying near a drinking spot close to the polytechnic with multiple injuries.

Chief Superintendent Winful said the suspects were rushed to the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, but Dauda was pronounced dead on arrival. Kwaku, who had multiple wounds also died later.

Preliminary enquiries, according to him, revealed that the suspects who were in a RIO Aveo taxi, with registration number GW 7327 Z, went to Ekroful near Asebu and stole three sheep.

However, luck ran out on them when some inhabitants of the town spotted and trailed them in another taxi to a location near the polytechnic and raised an alarm, which attracted a mob to the scene.

Kwaku managed to escape but the mob attacked and killed Dauda, leaving Richard with various degrees of injury.

Kwaku was said to have come back to the same area later, thinking the mob had left, but was also seized and beaten to death.

Chief Superintendent Winful said the cab in which the suspects were, was vandalized and had some of its parts stolen.

Richard was responding to treatment under police guard and would be arraigned before court on Monday, March 2, 2015.

He advised the public not to mete instant justice on suspects since it distorts police investigations, but should rather hand them over to them (police).


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