Judgment Day: Takoradi 3 ‘Missing’ Girls Case; Court To Deliver Judgement On March 5. 2021

The Sekondi High Court will on 5 March 2021 deliver its judgement in the trial of the two men accused of kidnapping and murdering Ruth Love Quayson, Priscilla Blessing Bentum and Ruth Abekah, in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis in 2018.

This follows the end of the submission by the defence lawyers of the accused persons, Samuel Udeotuk Wills and John Oji.

Prior to this the prosecution would file their written addresses on Wednesday, 17 February while on Wednesday 3 March there will be the oral hearing of the jury.

Forensic examination had earlier confirmed the identities of the girls after the police had retrieved their remains from a septic tank in the vicinity of the residence of the accused persons.

During cross examination by Patience Klinogo, the Chief State Attorney, Oji, the second accused, rejected the investigators’ statement that they had retrieved some Facebook conversation between him and the first accused, Wills.

He explained that the mobile phone he used did not support social media applications.
The chief state attorney claimed Oji and Wills had discussed the use of blood sacrifices for money in those conversations but Oji disagreed with her.

Oji and Wills were arrested by the police following the disappearance of Ruth Love Quayson, 18, a graduate of Fijai SHS in Takoradi; Priscilla Blessing Bentum, 21, a student of the University of Education, Winneba, residing at Kansaworodo, a suburb of Takoradi, and Priscilla Mantebea Korankye, 15, a student of the Sekondi SHS.

The disappearance of the girls gained national attention for months as the security services conducted intensive investigations to find the girls and the culprits, while human rights campaigners joined the anguished parents to put pressure on the government to get results.

By:Isaac Clottey

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