Court rejects suspects’ bail request
A high court has rejected an application for bail brought by a lawyer for two suspects accused of the murder of Hotfm’s chief financial officer, Peter Kwabena Antwi.
The court ruling on the request said it was convinced by the prosecution of the seriousness of the case.
In the court’s opinion, the defendants could not be presumed innocent as the trial had not yet started.
The bail application was filed by the suspects’ attorney, JK Debrah, on November 6, 2020, when he begged the court to keep his clients away from the crime scene.
In the attorney’s argument, the suspects do not even know the said hotel where the victim was murdered.
He said his clients, Kwame Ofori, a pastor, and the second applicant, Nana Kwame Boakye, Sumankwahene from Kwahu, are responsible citizens who would abide by the bail conditions.
âThey have houses in Kwahu and Asuboi. They are well installed and will therefore not go anywhere. They are all married and have children, âsaid the lawyer.
“A court should not deny bail to a plaintiff just because someone has been mentioned as having committed an offense,” he added.
The defense lawyer reiterated that âAll the items identified as the murder weapons could not be linked to the applicants. Our humble prayer to the court is that it grant the plaintiffs’ bail.
He stressed that all offenses under the constitution are subject to bail and that the health of his clients was not in good condition.
In the state’s response to the bail request, it was argued that the suspects had not provided an address and the case had not been heard. The state also stressed that the investigations into the case were still ongoing and that it would be premature to grant bail to the suspects.
The complainant is Daniel Abeka, Deputy Manager of the Bobson Hotel, Kaneshie, Accra.
The late Nana Panin, 45, was CFO at Hot FM in Accra and also head of Enchi.
On October 1 of this year, at around 1 p.m., the late Nana Panin, known in private life as Peter Kwabena Antwi, allegedly received a phone call from her spiritual father to meet him at the Bobson Hotel in Kaneshie.
The prosecution said the Nana Panin signed up and drove his Toyota Rav4 with registration number GE 1730-09 from the office to Takoradi truck station, where he parked and drove to to hotel room 16 to meet her spiritual father.
On October 2 of this year, at 7:05 p.m., the complainant found the body of the deceased lying in a pool of blood in the hotel room, which was already set aside for Antwi to undertake purification rituals.
Following the discovery of the body, the prosecution said police investigations led to the arrest of the defendants who for some time had been preparing purification rituals for the late Nana Panin.