A Kaneshie District has turned down a bail application put in by two of the three accused persons allegedly involved in the murder of a Chinese national, Xiong Yin in cold bold at Dansoman in Accra.
This was after lawyers for two other accomplices, Faustina Otimah, a 21-year-old house help, and Memunatu Allotey, a trader, had prayed the court to admit them to bail.
Otimah and Memunatu are alleged to have facilitated the murder by assisting Acquah, the murder suspect..
The court presided over by Ms Ama Adomako Kwakye refused the bail application and remanded them again into lawful custody to reappear on July 6, 2022.
The 37-year-old driver, Jacob Kwesi Acquah, who allegedly killed the Chinese national, Xiong Yin, in cold blood at Dansoman, Accra, had no legal representation.
Acquah, a former employee of the deceased, is said to have gone to her house to demand the phone number of her house help.
The prosecution said Xiong proceeded to her bedroom to get the phone number for Acquah, who allegedly followed her, pushed her onto her bed and strangled her with a pillow.
The prosecution said Acquah was alleged to have smashed the deceased’s head several times on the floor and on a metallic sliding door and also used the metal part of a shower handle to strike the deceased’s head several times,
Acquah has been charged with murder while Acquah’s two accomplices are being held for abetment of crime to wit murder.
The court has reserved the accused’s plea and remanded all the accused into police custody.
Narrating the facts of the case earlier, Inspector Apeweh Achana said the complainant, Lin Youji, a Chinese national, lives at Dansoman Exhibition in Accra.
He said Acquah lives at Chorkor-Santana, whiles Otimah, the house help of the deceased, resided at Mpoase, while Memunatu was the girlfriend of Acquah.
The prosecution said about seven months ago, Acquah was dismissed by the complainant for misconducting himself, but Acquah had been in touch with Otimah all this while.
The prosecution said on May 10, 2022, Acquah called Otimah and asked her to alert him on the activities of the deceased and her fellow workers, especially when Xiong (deceased) was left alone in the house and that she should leave the small gate unlocked when leaving the house.
Prosecution said Acquah called Otimah 12 times between 9 to 11 am on May 10 to find out whether Xiong was alone in the house.
He said Acquah convinced Otimah to leave the house without informing the deceased and she complied.
The prosecution said Acquah took advantage of the unlocked gate, entered the compound of Xiong and met her in the living room and pretended he wanted the contact of Otimah.
The prosecution said Xiong innocently left Acquah in the corridor and walked towards her bedroom to pick up her phone to get him the number.
He said Acquah followed Xiong and attacked her, pushed her onto her bed, covered her face with a pillow and strangled her.
Mr Achana said on seeing that Xiong was weak, he lifted her, sent her to the bathroom, and hit her head on a metallic part of the sliding door and against the floor.
Prosecution said Acquah further used the metal part of the hand shower to hit her head several times, causing her to bleed.
He said Acquah after killing her, went to the living room where a CCTV camera was fixed, removed it from the ceiling and dumped it in a water closet with the intention of erasing any trace of evidence that might implicate him.
The Prosecution said the complainant went to the house after several calls to the deceased went unanswered and found both the small gate and main door to the various rooms unlocked.
Mr Achana said the complainant rushed to open the deceased’s door and found it locked with the key in front, he then proceeded to the deceased’s bathroom where he found her lying in a pool of blood in a supine position.
Prosecution said the complainant quickly rushed to the gate and alerted one Emmanuel Aziati about what he had seen, and both went to observe the body and went to report to the police.
He said the police went to the scene, took pictures and conveyed the body to the Police Hospital Morgue.
The prosecution said on the dawn of May 12, 2022, the police had information that Acquah was hiding in the house of Memunatu and proceeded to the place, but Memunatu kept Acquah in her room and led the police to a different location.
He said the police retrieved the memory card of the CCTV Camera and Acquah was seen in the footage entering the living room of the deceased.