Court remands chief, pastor into police custody over murder of lady in Mankessim



A Cape Coast District Court has remanded a self-styled pastor, Michael Darko, and the Tufuhene of Ekumfi Akwaakrom, Christopher Ekow Clark Quansah to police custody.

The two are alleged to have kidnapped, killed, and buried Georgina Botchwey in an uncompleted story building for ritual purposes.

They have been charged with conspiracy to commit a crime to wit murder; and murder contrary to section 46 of the Criminal and other offenses Act, 1980, Act 29.

Appearing before court on Thursday, the Prosecution said Miss Botchwey lives at Yeji in the Bono East Region and was an applicant seeking admission to the Ankaful Psychiatric Nursing School.

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After she arrived on Cape Coast on Thursday, September 8, she called the pastor and informed him about his presence in the Central region and her mission.

The self-styled pastor who was the boyfriend of the sister of the deceased informed her he will pick her up after the interview.

The prosecution further told the Court that on Friday, September 9, the chief and the pastor hatched a plan to kill the deceased for money rituals.

According to the prosecutor, Mr. Darko met Miss Botchwey at the Ankaful Psychiatric Nursing School and picked the deceased up in a taxi to Pedu Junction in Cape Coast where the chief had parked his Benz car with the registration number GT 8686-C.

The chief then drove them to Akwaakrom. Upon arrival, he took the deceased’s iPhone and locked her in a room.

The accused persons went to Asikafo Ambantem, a suburb of Mankessim where they dug a hole in an uncompleted story building belonging to the chief.

The duo went back for the deceased and sent her to Asikafo Ambantem.

The chief allegedly hit the deceased with a club whereupon the deceased fell down. The pastor is also alleged to have held the neck of the deceased till she died.

They took the hair of the deceased after killing her and left the uncompleted story building around 2 am.

Although the charges were read to them in Fante and Twi, their plea was not taken.

The court presided by Bernice Mensima Ackon adjourned the case to Monday, October 4, 2022.

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