2 students who killed Tamale-based pastor sentenced to death by hanging

The condemned duo Kwame Dogyi and Obio Akwasi

Two students from the Tamale Technical University (TaTU) who killed the head Pastor of the End Time Believers Bible Fellowship in Tamale have been sentenced to death by the Tamale High Court.

The condemned, Kwame Dogyi and Obio Akwasi who happen to be cousins murdered the 64-year-old Pastor Ebenezer Ocran at his residence at Kumboyili, near Tamale on the Tamale-Kumbungu road on November 9, 2017.

After the murder, they took away his Toyota Highlander vehicle which Kwame Dogyi gave to a sprayer at the Tamale Industrial area to sell at the price of GH¢10,000.

The hearing of the case at the High Court presided over by Mr Justice Edward Apenkwa began on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, until they were finally sentenced Monday, July 30, 2018. The trial lasted for four months.

Background

The facts of the case as presented in court by the prosecutor, A Principal State Attorney, Mr Salia Abdul Quddus were that, on
November 9, 2017, the two convicts around 11 am attacked Pastor Ocran at Kumbuyili, near Malshegu on the Tamale -Kumbungu road.

They stabbed him with a knife in the chest and later hit him with a pestle in the head killing him instantly and locked the body in a room.

The prosecution said, the two after the act took away a Samsung Galaxy phone, an amount of GH₵200 and drove away a Toyota Highlander vehicle with registration number GN 1763-14 belonging to the deceased.

At about 10.00pm the same day, Ben Asamoah, an assistant pastor of the church informed the police that he visited the head pastor and found him dead in his house and his Toyota Highlander vehicle was missing.

On November 10, 2017, at about 3 pm, the police in the Northern region had information that the vehicle had been sent to the Tamale Industrial Area for re-spraying and thereafter for sale at a cost of GH₵10,000.

The police feigned interest in buying the car and through investigations, Kwame Dogyi, a third-year Engineering student of TaTU was arrested and he mentioned his cousin, Akwasi Obio also a third-year student of the same university as his accomplice.

 

 

Credit: Graphic Online

 

 

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