Murder suspect recaptured after escape from courtroom

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A murder suspect, Kwabena Sampana standing trial at the Wamfie Magistrate Court in the Dormaa East District of Bono Region was on Friday recaptured after he fled while in a witness box in Court.

The incident created a scene as a number of people in the town were attracted to the precinct of the Court.

But following a chase by the Police and other male staff of the Court, the prosecutor, Detective Chief Inspector Robert Apelkiwine captured and brought him back to the Court.

He is being trialed with fellow suspect, Kwabena Oppong for allegedly killing one Kofi Kyereh at Kwajumokrom, a community in the Dormaa West District of the Bono Region.

Briefing the Ghana News Agency (GNA) about the incident, Detective C/Inspt. Apelkiwine said the docket of the two suspects had been forwarded to the Attorney Generals’ Office for advice and the Court presided by Mrs. Dzifa Azumah was waiting for it.

The prosecutor explained the suspects had been on remand in Police custody and that day was their third appearance to the Court where Sampana fled from lawful custody.

Detective C/Inspt. Apelkiwine narrated when suspects’ case was called the handcuff on their hands were removed to enable them to enter the witness stand.

But, he said Sampana took advantage and escaped, saying it took the timely intervention of Police personnel and civilians who pursued him close to 2 kilometres before he was captured and brought back to the courtroom.

Detective C/Inspt. Apelkiwine said escaping from lawful custody warranted an offense, so Sampana would be arraigned before the Dormaa Circuit Court to face another charge of unlawful escape from custody.

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