The long-awaited verdict has been passed yesterday, 5th March, at the Secondi High court after years of court proceedings. The two suspects are in the persons of Samuel Udeotuk Wills and John Oji. They were charged with the kidnapping and murder of 4 young girls in the Western region. The girls were Ruth Abakar, 19 years old, Priscilla Blessing Bentum, 21 years old, Ruth Love Quayeson 18 years old, and Priscilla Mantseabea Koranchie, 15 years old.The girls were kidnapped at different places such as Kansawurodo, Butumagyebu, and Nkroful Junction in the region. The victims were maltreated, murdered and the deceased bodies dumped in a septic tank. One of the bodies was recovered from an abandoned well.
After almost 2 years of the case being in court, the verdict was passed yesterday. The jury made up of seven judges found the two suspects guilty of kidnap and murder. Justice Richard Adjei-Frimpong who presided over the court sentenced them to death by hanging.
This verdict may seem extreme but it is warranted so as to deter others who may have thoughts of kidnapping in the future.
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