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JB Danquah death: I only stabbed him because he awoke and fought me

JB Danquah-Adu
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It has emerged that the Member of Parliament for the Abuakwa North Constituency in the Eastern Region, Joseph Boakye Danquah, 51, was overpowered in a struggle by his 19-year old attacker, who only had a knife, a catapult and a cutter. This is according to the charge sheet available to Citi News. The killing took place at the MP’s residence at Shiashie in Accra on February 9, 2016.

The suspect, Daniel Asiedu, was later arrested and charged with murder [Tuesday], exactly a week after  the incident. According to the Police, the suspect claimed he visited the house around 1:00am to steal but not to kill.

Details on the charge sheet The deceased, Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu, was the MP for the Abuakwa North constituency in the Eastern Region and lived with his family in a one-storey building at Shiashie, East Legon, whilst suspect Daniel Asiedu, aged 19 is a school dropout who lives with his girlfriend at Agbogbloshie. On the 8th of January, 2016 at about 11:40pm, the deceased came home in his private vehicle driven by his driver Samuel Berko Sarkodie. The driver, having brought his master home, handed over the ignition keys to him and left for his house at Kasoa. The deceased retired to bed in his room located upstairs.

Armed with catapult, cutter and sharp knife?

At about 1:00am same night, suspect Daniel Asiedu who was armed with catapult, a cutter and a sharp knife, entered the house of the deceased through the iron fence at the blind side of the security man who was fast asleep. Suspect picked a ladder in the house and climbed to the porch of the top floor and entered the bedroom through the window whilst the deceased was sleeping.

Suspect began to search the room but deceased woke up and held him. Suspect stabbed him on the chest.

He stabbed deceased on the right chest above the breast. Deceased held the knife and shouted for help but no one came. The suspect pulled the knife through the hands of the deceased creating a deep cut in his palm. Deceased who was bleeding profusely fell by his bed helpless, and the suspect stabbed him again on the right chest below the breast. Suspect realizing that the deceased was almost dead left him and took away his two iPhones and a tablet. Suspect managed to descend from the top to the back of the house and climbed one of the polytanks in the house and jumped over the electric fence into the adjoining house and escaped.

Security man wakes up after crime is committed

The security man who was awoken by noise of the shout for help, called fellow security men from the neighborhood but none of them got closer out of fear. They however called the Police emergency line to inform them.

Arrival of the police

The Police arrived and went into the bedroom of the deceased but he was already dead.

The body was conveyed to the Police hospital mortuary awaiting autopsy.

Investigations led to the arrest of the suspect who confessed to the crime and stated that he went there to steal but in the process, the deceased woke up and held him.

The deceased struggled with him so he pulled out his knife and stabbed him several times ahead and ransacked the room but had only the items mentioned above.