Noah Kini, the grandfather of the 18-year-old suspect who has been arrested in connection with the Kasoa ritual murder has spoken about his grandson.
Mr Kini has disclosed that the accused was recently remanded into police custody on suspicion of criminal conduct.
Even though initial reports suggested that Nicholas Kini’s first arrest was related to a defilement case, his grandfather said it was rather related to theft.
He revealed that Nicholas was arrested some four months ago for allegedly stealing an amount of $10,000 from his employer.
He subsequently spent days in police cells before he was discharged.
Describing his grandson as one who used to be a ‘good church boy’, Mr Kini told JoyNews’ Maxwell Agbagba that the behaviour of the 18-year-old suspect changed when he started associating with what he described as bad company.
“About five young boys worked with this Alhaji, but the day, Alhaji asked Nico to go and sweep his hall, he detected 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 didn’t 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 caused a huge fight between him and his father. So I even warned him [Nicholas] to stop associating with Felix,” he told Maxwell Agbagba.