Benjamin Kofi Aboakye
THE 25-YEAR-OLD taxi driver, who was arrested by the Ashaiman Divisional Police for allegedly hiring assassins to kill his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day at Zenu near Ashaiman, has been remanded into police custody for further investigations.
Magistrate Prince Albert Zoogah adjourned the case to March 19, 2015 when further preliminary hearing of the case at the Ashaiman Magistrate Court will commence.
Suspect Benjamin Kofi Aboakye’s plea was not immediately taken but his offence was explained to him in open court. He was accused of abducting his 30-year-old girlfriend, Mabel Borley Borketey, a trader, to a bush near the Zenu dam where she was killed.
Information gathered by DAILY GUIDE indicates that investigations conducted by the police had led to the discovery of blood stains on the seat and the carpet lining in the taxi of the suspect, leading to the impounding of the vehicle by the police.
Police further found a bucket, a dress and cooking utensils belonging to the deceased in Benjamin’s room at Sebrepor, a town near Michel Camp in the Kpone-Katamanso District of Accra. An autopsy report is yet to be received by police from the Police Hospital in Accra.
Briefing DAILY GUIDEon the cause of death, the police said Benjamin reportedly stormed the home of the deceased, together with two other accomplices at dawn on Valentine’s Day (February 14, 2015) and allegedly abducted his lover to a nearby bush around the Zenu dam, where she was murdered.
According to the police, Mabel absconded from the home of Kofi Aboakye to rent a place at Zenu as a result of an allegation that the accused person often inserted his finger into the private part of her (Mabel’s) nine-year-old daughter and subjected her (Mabel) to severe beatings.
Kofi Aboakye was said to have taken offence at the separation and allegedly hired some people – who are currently on the run – to kill the lady, who hailed from Nungua, a suburb of Accra.
On Valentine’s Day, the suspect, together with two men wielding machetes, was said to have gone to the home of the deceased at Obaatan near Zenu, knocked at her door, and when she opened it, grabbed her and marched her away, leaving her nine-year-old daughter behind.
The next day, the woman did not return home, which raised eyebrows and compelled some neighbours and co-tenants to mount a search for her.
The following day the accused person returned to the house to pick some items belonging to the deceased and his stepdaughter but was arrested by co-tenants and some neighbours.
He was handed over to the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service on suspicion of kidnapping. He said during investigations, Benjamin sent the police to different locations but Mabel was not found.
On Monday, February 16, 2015, at about 4:00 pm, police received information about a dead body near the Zenu dam, which turned out to be Mabel Borketey’s corpse.
From Vincent Kubi, Ashaiman
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