Two suspected murderers of Hotfm CFO fight for bail
Mr JK Yeboah, the applicants’ lawyer, asked the court to grant bail because the suspects were not near the scene of the crime.
Filing the applicants’ bail application, Mr. Yeboah considered that none of the accused even knew the hotel where the crime had been committed.
According to the defense lawyer, the defendants were innocent and the police were even aware of it.
He explained that the first applicant, Kwame Ofori, a pastor, and the second applicant, Nana Kwame Boakye, the Sumankwahene of Kwahu were responsible and that they would respect the bail conditions.
“They have houses in Kwahu and Asuboi. They are well settled and will therefore not go anywhere. They are all married with children,” said the lawyer.
“A court should not deny bail to a plaintiff simply because someone has been mentioned as having committed an offense,” he added.
The defense attorney said: “Not all of the items identified as the murder weapons could be linked to the plaintiffs. Our humble prayer in court is to grant bail to the applicants ”
The lawyer argued that all offenses were subject to bail and that the applicants’ health was not good either.
In the attorney general’s response to the bail application, the state opposed the granting of bail.
The State considered that the applicants did not have a fixed address, adding that if they had, their addresses would have been provided.
According to the State, the case not having been heard, the applicants could not say that they were innocent and that the murder charge was serious.
The state maintained that investigations were ongoing and urged the court to dismiss the bail application as it was premature.
The High Court has set Wednesday, November 11 to rule on the request for release on bail.
The accused are: Kwame Ofori alias Ogyaba, a 29-year-old pastor at the divine prayer camp in Saapeman, and Nana Kwame Kwakye, a 64-year-old spiritualist from Asuboi in the Eastern region. They were charged with conspiracy to commit murder and murder.
The Kaneshie District Court has retained their means.
The prosecution’s case is that the plaintiff, Daniel Abeka, is the deputy manager of the Bobson Hotel, Kaneshie, Accra.
He said 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, reportedly 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.