The prime suspect in the killing of an old Vandal at the Commonwealth Hall of the University of Ghana has been remanded in police custody to reappear before the court on January 9, 2018.
At the first court hearing on Tuesday, the Madina District Magistrate Court presided over by His Lordship, Richard Delali Anku, adjourned the case to give the police ample time to conclude their investigations.
The suspect, George Osei Mensah, is standing trial for allegedly killing Martin Tweneboah Kodua [Chief Tipsy], an Old Vandal, at Commonwealth Hall on Saturday, December 9. 2017.
A pathologist at the 37 Military Hospital is expected to conduct an autopsy on the deceased, and submit the report to the Police.
What happens next?
The Attorney General’s department will be furnished with the suspect’s statement, autopsy report and docket for advice.
The trial is expected to commence after the AG’s advice on the matter.
The suspect’s plea may be taken at the next hearing if the police conclude their investigations, and the autopsy report is ready with the AG’s advice sought on the matter.
The suspect faces a likely charge of manslaughter or murder.
The suspect is reported to have stabbed an Old Vandal, whose name was given as Nathaniel Tweneboah Koduah, alias Chief Tipsy multiple times on Saturday night, at the charging grounds of Commonwealth Hall at the University of Ghana.
The incident occurred after a heated argument between the two while they travelled back to campus from a funeral of an Old Vandal.
According to the Old Vandals Association, the two were separated on several occasions during their heated arguments on the bus.
“The argument became heated and the two had to be separated on several occasions by others. It went on and on. So, when we got to Atomic Junction, the driver was advised to stop and the two were thrown out of the bus. Others joined them.”
“When they got to the Hall, they had not stopped. It was at this time that the killer allegedly grabbed the knife of the kebab seller and cut the victim several times with it. The victim bled profusely and was rushed to the Legon Hospital by the killer and some Vandals… the doctors could not save his life. He was pronounced dead around 1900 hours GMT,” the Old Vandals’ statement said.
Meanwhile, the management of the University of Ghana has called for calm among parents and the general public following the incident, noting that “no threat has been identified which could cause any danger to our students in this respect.”
It further said the Careers and Counseling Centre of the school is on standby to counsel any student who may have been traumatized by the incident.