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Tadi kidnap case: Suspect jailed 18 months

The three kidnapped girls

The prime suspect in the case involving the three missing Takoradi girls has been jailed 18 months by a Takoradi Magistrate court, Monday April 29, 2019

The court presided over by Justice Michael Ampadu found Samuel Willis guilty on two counts of causing unlawful damage and escaping from lawful custody. He was jailed 18 months on each account but they will run concurrently.

The accused was however acquitted and discharged on the third count of resisting lawful arrest since according to the judge, prosecution could not prove that indeed the accused struggled with the police during his re-arrest on January 3, 2019

Samuel Willis was arrested on December 22, 2018 and was in police custody standing trial for the kidnapping of three girls in Takoradi when he broke jail on December 30, 2018.

He was re-arrested on January 3, 2019.

The judge explained in his judgement that, the decision has nothing to do with the substantive kidnap case saying that would depend on further investigations by the police.

Lawyer Nana Abakah told 3news after the ruling that, the most crucial step now is how the girls would be rescued.

“I am appealing to the government to give whatever resources the police and the BNI need to help them bring our girls back, this is what we need, not the jail break issue,” Mr. Abakah asserted.

The concern of Lawyer Nana Abakah was reechoed by hundreds of residents who besieged the court premises.

Meanwhile, Child Rights International has started an online petition to speed up efforts in rescuing the three kidnapped girls.

READ: Kidnapped T’di Girls: Online petition started to get police to act

By Nhyiraba Paa Kwesi Simpson |

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