Thursday, January 30, 2014

Driver in the dock for killing immigration officer (January 16, 2014 - page 16)

The late Kofi Quist Defor The late Kofi Quist Defor
A driver who allegedly shot and killed an Immigration Officer on December 28, 2013, was Wednesday remanded in custody by the Accra District Court.
The accused, Aaron Takyi, who worked for the deceased, Kofi Quist Defor, for five years as a driver, was remanded in police custody to reappear on January 29, 2014.
He is facing one count of murder but his plea has not been taken.
Facts of the case
At about 2.00 a.m. on December 28, 2013, Defor and his wife were asleep when the suspect scaled the wall into the house without the dog barking and entered the living room through the kitchen door. According to the police, the dog did not bark because it knew Takyi.
Takyi allegedly broke into Defor’s bedroom, dragged him to the living room and subjected him to severe beating. He later shot Defor in the right shoulder and also hit him severally on the neck, rendering him unconscious. He then abandoned him and fled.
Defor bled profusely out of the gunshot wounds and when he was rushed to the Tema General Hospital, he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Defor, an Immigration Officer, lived at Mataheko, near Tema with his wife, Magdalene Tamakloe, and his siblings; Gideon Defor and Jennifer Lamptey, both students.
Takyi, according to the police, had access to almost everything of Defor and became familiar with an Alsatian security dog in the house.
Apart from Gideon Defor and Jennifer Lamptey, who fed the dog, only Defor and Takyi could go near it.
According to the prosecution, led by Assistant Superintendent of Police, Mr Cletus Abadamlora, the accused unceremoniously stopped picking calls from Defor and his wife a week before the incident, with the excuse that Defor failed to buy him a Sprinter bus.
Mr Abadamlora said Defor established contacts with some foreign companies during his posting at the Immigration Headquarters,  including Blow Group of Companies and while on transfer, he still rendered services to these foreign companies.
The prosecutor also said sometime in 2012, Defor received a threatening note which read: ‘Blow plast your man is too arrogant in the office. He thought his schooling so he is not given any respect in the office. This is just the beginning of the battle with him. Immigration is not belong to him is for all of us because we are Ghana. We don’t want you to be in trouble that is why we posted the passport back to you to restart the process afresh. Thank. This should be a lesson to QUIST in the office stupid man.”
Mr Abadamlora said Defor, however, treated the note as a joke and, therefore, did not act on it. He eventually faced his untimely death on December 28, 2013.
Investigations are ongoing.

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