Kumasi hotel shooting: Couple remanded as victim's family storm court
The Asokwa District Court has denied wife of the Bank of Ghana driver accused of the murder of a restaurant operator at a hotel on New Year’s Day in Kumasi bail.The second accused, Belinda Awuku, made her first appearance in court Friday, following her arrest on a warrant, after failing to appear on January 10, 2020.
Counsel for the couple, Benjamin Andoh, prayed the court to grant her bail because she has cooperated with police investigators.
He, however, indicated he was not in a haste to plead same for the husband, Edwin Awuku, because precious life of a woman had been lost.
Mr. Andoh said Belinda’s bail application was premised on evidence gathered by police suggesting she came in only at the time the incident had already occurred.He argued the accused will not interfere but cooperate with police investigators.
"On point of law, I want the court to take judicial note that from the facts, the roles as alleged to have been played by Belinda clearly on that face of the facts was after the events.
"My humble prayer to the honourable Court is to consider A2 (Belinda Awuku) to bail," he prayed
That was met with vehement objection by the prosecution which prayed the court not to grant bail because the accused cannot be trusted.
The prosecutor argued the accused person who once feigned to be bleeding but failed to seek medical attention, attempted to escape to Accra, hence, the issuance of a bench warrant for her arrest.
The court presided over by Rosemary Afua Asante, turned down the bail application and, subsequently, remanded the two into prison custody, to re-appear on February 7, 2020.
They are accused in the murder of 47-year-old Comfort Owusu Afriyie, also known as Maame Yaa, at the Cedar Crescent Hotel at Danyame in Kumasi on January 1, 2020.
It took the swift intervention of the police to whisk the accused persons away to avoid an attack from relatives of the deceased victim.Comfort Owusu Afriyie is due for burial on February 22.