The Ofaakor District Court has refused bail application by Lawyer for the accused persons in the alleged murder case of the ten-year-old boy at Ofaakor, Kasoa.
The Magistrate Samuel Adjei after listening to the submissions by the Lawyer and the prosecution said a court that does not have jurisdiction to try a case cannot grant bail.
He said this when Defence Lawyer Samuel Atuah told the court that since the law states in Article 19 that the grant of bail lies at the discretion of the Magistrate he, therefore, can grant his clients bail.
Lawyer Atuah told the court that the accused persons have been in custody for some time and need to interact with their families. This was opposed by the Prosecution Chief Inspector, Ernest Agbo saying it is in the interest of the accused persons to be in custody until further investigations.
The Magistrate in granting the request of the prosecution ordered them to speed up with an investigation into the correct ages of the accused persons and also to hurry with the preparation of the docket to the Attorney General for advice.
Lawyer Atuah in a media interaction after court proceedings told the media that he will go to the High Court for bail. He said it is a deliberate attempt by the prosecution to delay investigations.
Spokesperson for the family of the deceased, Samed Akakilu said he trusts the Judicial system, and the family is hoping for an expeditious trial and Justice to be served at the end of the day.
The alleged murderers have been remanded into Police custody by the Ofaakor District Court. The case has been adjourned to the 4th of next month.