Three illegal miners have been arraigned before the Takoradi District Magistrate’s Court for being part of a mob which beat and killed two people and severely injured another.
James Agbezuhlor, 29, Seth Alormenu, 24, and Frederick Koomson, 25, whose plea was not taken, were remanded until May 3.
They were said to have branded Tettey Tamakloe, his wife, Agnes Quaicoe and Kobina Akpakuley as ritual murderers and caused a mob to beat them, leading to Tamakloe and Akpakuley’s death.
Police Inspector Felix Danku told the court that on April 4, Tamakloe, Agnes and Akpakuley arrived at Wassa Asuoso to register as voters in the biometric registration exercise, as they could not do so at their town, Bonsawira.
Inspector Danku said they arrived in a taxi belonging to Tamakloe, and driven by Akpakuley.
On their arrival at Asuoso, the accused persons and others, now at
large, claimed that they were ritual murderers and started questioning them.
Inspector Danku said this attracted a lot of people to the scene and they pounced on Tamakloe, Agnes and Akpakuley and started beating them.
They were, however, rescued by a witness in the case and sent to the chief's palace where they were kept in a room, and a report made to the police who rushed to the scene.
Inspector Danku said the mob overpowered the few policemen and pounced on the three people again.
The mob tortured them until Tamakloe and Akpakuley became unconscious and died on the spot.
They them poured petrol on Tamakloe’s body and burnt it beyond recognition, but the police rescued Agnes who had sustained serious head and body injuries.
She is receiving treatment at the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital in Takoradi, while the bodies of Tamakloe and Akpakuley have been deposited at the Tarkwa Government Hospital mortuary awaiting autopsy.
Inspector Danku said initial police investigations led to the arrest of the accused persons who took part in the mob action.