A CIRCUIT court in Obuasi has remanded the 19-year-old junior high school student who shot his father dead at Kunka, near Obuasi, into prison custody on a preliminary charge of murder.
Stephen Oppong, alias Kofi, shot his father, Nana Oppong Kyekyeku, who was the chief of Kunka, with his father’s own gun last Sunday night and was arraigned yesterday.
His plea was not taken and he will reappear on February 17, 2009.
Police prosecutor Mohammed Azuma told the court that investigations into the case were still ongoing and pleaded with the court to remand Stephen.
When the judge, Mr Gilbert Ayensu Addo, asked the suspect why he committed the offence, he said he did so because of his father’s refusal to cater for his needs.
Stephen told the court that his father had continuously refused to provide him money to buy books and shoes for school.
He said what hurt him most was that his father kept describing his (Stephen’s) late mother as a wicked person when she was alive and went ahead to strike a similarity between her and him.
The Daily Graphic, in its lead story of February 3, 2009, carried the shooting incident.
Stephen was alleged to have entered his father’s room to pick the gun and shot him following a brief quarrel.
The chief died on the spot, while the suspect fled into the bush, but he was arrested last Monday morning.