Parents of last year’s stabbed OMESS student want quick arrests

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Parents of a senior high school student at Oppong Memorial Senior High School in Kokofu want the police to quickly bring their son’s killers to justice.

19-year-old fine arts student Richard Appiah was stabbed in the abdomen by a youth from Kokofu on Saturday evening after a confrontation with the deceased and his friends.

The deceased’s mother, Florence Boahemaa, wants the police to speed up the investigation to provide relief to the family.

Her appeal comes after a police hunt down a gang suspected of being involved in the knife-stabbing incident.

Last year’s student, accompanied by four others, snuck from campus to Kokofu City on Saturday night when all the students were asleep.

Police say the attack on the deceased and his friends, who are known for sneaking out of campus, were based on an earlier incident.

Bekwai District Police Commander DSP Damptey-Brown told Joynews that the latest incident was triggered by the opposing youth confiscating an iPhone from one of the deceased’s friends.

“I informed some informants to help us arrest the perpetrators,” said DSP Damptey-Brown.

Richard Appiah's family
Mr. Kwabena Appiah (2nd right)

Sympathizers, including school teachers of the late Richard, have visited the home of the Adwumam family to mourn with the family.

Richard’s father, Kwabena Appiah, is a security guard at the school.

He always looks after his son when he’s on duty at school.

Unfortunately, he was off duty on Saturday night after swapping his schedule with a friend when Richard, his third child, snuck out of school.

He’s devastated.

“I blame whoever did this to me. Here I mourn your death

“My son is not a bad boy. He was influenced by peer pressure. His friends at school influenced him, ”he said in Twi.

Meanwhile, his wife Florence Boahemaa calls for a quick police investigation.

“Kofi, look at what you brought on me. As poor as I am, look at me now

“I raised you from my bad condition. Look at what you brought me

“I appeal to the police to get all the boys to book. You should look for them and bring them to justice. “

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