Suspects confess to ritual killing in Mankessim murder

Killings In Wa
Killings In Wa

Two suspects were on Thursday remanded by the Cape Coast District Magistrate’s Court over the murder of Georgina Asor Botchwey, a 25-year-old nurse trainee at Mankessim in the Central Region.

Christopher Ekow Clarke Quansah, 65, Tufohen of Mankessim Traditional Area, and Michael Darko, 48, a self-styled pastor, were charged with conspiracy to commit crime, to wit murder and murder.

Upon police interrogation, Darko allegedly admitted to the crime and said they wanted to use the deceased for money rituals.
The pleas of the accused persons were not taken when they appeared before the court, presided over by Mrs Bernice Mensimah Ackon, and are to reappear on Tuesday, October 4, 2022.

Prosecuting, DSP Daniel Gadzo said the complainant, Mr Duodu, a military officer stationed at Takoradi, is a brother of the deceased.

He said Darko, who resided in Kumasi, was the boyfriend of the deceased’s sister, while Quansah was a resident of Sikafoambantem at Mankessim.

On Thursday, September 8, Georgina, who had come from Yeji in the Bono East Region for an interview at the Ankaful Psychiatric Nursing Training School in Cape Coast, as a student applicant, called Darko to inform him of her presence in the town.

He said Darko promised to pick her up after the interview on Friday, September 9, 2022.
As promised, the two accused persons went to pick Georgina from Ankaful in a taxicab to Pedu in Cape Coast, where Quansah had parked his Benz, with registration number GT 8686 – C and drove her to Akwakrom, a suburb of Mankessim.

Quansah and Darko then took Georgina’s iPhone, locked her in a room and left for Sikafoambantem, a suburb of Mankessim, where they dug a hole in an uncompleted storey building.

They later took the lady to the uncompleted building and Quansah hit her neck with a club from behind while Darko held her neck till she died.

They then cut her hair and buried her in the hole.

The Central Regional Police Command picked intelligence, which led to the arrest of Darko at Anomabo but Quansah managed to escape.

On Wednesday, September 21, Quansah was also picked up from his hideout upon a tip off.

Investigations were ongoing, DSP Gadzo told the court.

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