Teenager dies following alleged two police officers’ attack

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Kwesi Boateng, 17, died in Mamaso in the Birem North District of the Eastern Region following an alleged assault by two police officers.

Justice is what the family members are requesting.

The dead was employed by a washing bay in Maamaso, a neighborhood of New Abirem in the Eastern Region, until his death.

Friends and family allege that the adolescent was assaulted by the two police officers for what they call a minor error.

Co-worker of the deceased narrated, “I was working on a vehicle before the police guys came. Kwesi took the water machine from me to blow his carpet. The water gushed on the policemen. They confronted Kwasi, he replied them, that it was not in their direction.”

He continued: “The police got furious and reported to the owner of the washing bay. Our boss kept apologising, all I saw was that one policeman booted Kwasi to the floor.”

The father of the deceased, Chairman Akimodis, said his son died after the beatings from the officers.

“My son was beaten, he died after we took him to the Abirem Police Station. A thorough investigation must be done to know who killed my son. Else I will use my ways, I come from Larteh. I will be forced to summon all the family of the Policemen.”

After the assault, the man was treated in the New Abirem Government Hospital before he passed away.

The New Abirem Government Hospital has yet to formally provide information about the deceased’s health while receiving care there.

Dr. Sekyi Attaa Larbi, a physician at the New Abirem Hospital, stated he was unable to reveal the illness the deceased was being treated for there.

“You know by the laws, I cannot disclose a patient information to a third party. I am sorry I cannot.”

The Eastern Regional Police Command has lifted the body from the I & I Private Mortuary at Afosu for autopsy in Accra without the family’s escort.

Family members have been to the morgue, insisting to have the body.

“We need the body of my brother, how can the police take the body away without informing us? This is receipt we have that a body has been deposited here. We need our body,” elder sister Rebecca Owusu sought.