Noah Kini, the grandfather of the 18-year-old defendant detained in connection with the Kasoa ritual assassination, revealed that his grandson would be remanded in police custody for the second time.
Although some locals believed Nicholas Kini’s first arrest was linked to a defilement event, his grandfather denied the assertion, claiming it was instead related to burglary.
Mr Kini claims that his grandson was jailed four months ago for stealing $10,000 from his boss and spent a few days in police custody before being released.
Mr. Kini, who characterized his grandson as a “solid church kid,” told JoyNews’ Maxwell Agbagba that the 18-year-old suspect’s behaviour changed after he began associating with what he described as “evil business.”
“About five young boys worked with this Alhaji, but the day, Alhaji asked Nico to go and sweep his hall, the employer later complained that his money was missing. And since Nico was the one who had gone to his hall that morning he was accused of the theft.
“I refused to believe it. Nico himself wanted us to visit a shrine to settle the issue, because in this area that is how we find who is actually guilty of thefts,” he said.
18-year-old Nicholas and his accomplice, Felix Nyarko, 16 have been remanded into police custody for allegedly killed a 10-year-old.
It is alleged the suspects gruesomely murdered Ishmael Mensah Abdallah with the intention of using his body parts for rituals.
The visibly worried guardian said earlier that day, his grandson had complained of heartaches and pleaded to rest for the day.
Thus, it came as a surprise when he received information that his ward had committed such a heinous act.
“It was around, 10:30 am to 11:00 am when someone came here to inform me that Nico and another teenager have killed somebody. I was confused, but I have nothing to say.”
The grandfather of the young suspect said there is currently a rift between him and the father of Nicholas’ accomplice.
He revealed that the 16-year-old Felix stole his father’s money and brought it to his grandson for them to buy a mobile phone.
“Some years ago, Felix stole his father’s money and brought it to this house, which causes a huge fight between him and his father. So I even warned him [Nicholas] to stop associating with Felix,” he told Maxwell Agbagba.