Two Brothers remanded for lynching 75-year-old woman


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A Bolgatanga Magistrate Court presided over by Vivian Yamusah has remanded two brothers into prison custody for lynching a 75-year-old woman, whom they accused of being a witch and responsible for the death of their grandmother and mother.

The two are to reappear on January 3, 2013.

According to police facts, the brothers, Nwohinyen Felix, 22 and Nwohinyen Dok, 19, were charged with conspiracy to commit crime, to wit, murder, contrary to Section 23(1) and 46 of the Criminal Offence Act of Ghana.

The two reportedly lynched the 75-year-old woman at her residence at Zanlerigu in the Nabdam District on December 12, 2012, following a complaint by their relative, Abena, that the deceased called her while she (Abena) was rushing to the market in the morning of that day.
The two, according to the police, had suspected the deceased for years and had been accusing her of being responsible for the death of their grandmother and mother. According to the police, the two narrated that after the death of their grandmother, people started pointing fingers at the old lady, calling her a witch, but they (the brothers) did not take it serious.
After their mother died mysteriously following a quarrel with the deceased over a head scarf, they took the allegation against the old woman serious.

The suspects told the police that they were provoked when, on December 12, their relative Abena came home from the market to inform them about the old woman?s call. Even though Abena refused to attend to the deceased?s call, the brothers got triggered and went to the residence of the deceased at Zanlerigu near Pelungu in the Nabdam District and lynched her.

The Bolgatanga Municipal Crime Officer, Godson Letsyo, confirmed the story to DAILY GUIDE, saying the remains of the old woman had been deposited at the Bolgatanga Hospital mortuary, awaiting autopsy.

According to ASP Letsyo, no one had the right to beat another person for any reason, not even when someone was suspected of being a witch or wizard.

?Police will deal severely with anyone who takes the law into his or her hands. If people believe this issue of witchcraft, they should find a better way of addressing issues that arises out of that. Lynching and beating and banishing are not legal and accepted under the laws of Ghana,? the ASP said

Source Daily Guide Ghana

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