Abesim murder: “I could never have suspected him because he was my good friend” – Father of victim sadly recounts

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Stephen Sarpong, the father of the 15-year-old boy who was allegedly murdered and his body butchered and stored in a double-door fridge, has described the suspect, Richard Appiah, as a friend and business partner.

Speaking to the media on Saturday, August 21, he said he had no idea his friend would commit such an atrocious act against him and his family.

The 28-year-old suspect is being held in Sunyani police custody after butchered body parts of a JHS 2 student were discovered in his double door fridge.

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The suspect’s 12-year-old stepbrother, Louis Agyemang, and an unidentified body were also discovered in his apartment.

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Yeboah Asuama, Stephen Sarpong’s father, said,

“It was a Sunday when my son told me he was going to the canteen we run about 300 meters from our house.” But, sadly, that was the last time we saw him. We had waited all night for him to return, but he never did. As a result, the following morning, we reported the incident to the police.

“We had heard nothing about the police investigation until this morning when we learned that our next-door neighbour had murdered Stephen.”

“When we arrived, he [the suspect] had butchered Stephen’s hands, feet, and head and stored it in his fridge.”

According to him, the suspect, Richard Appiah, was a friend with whom he worked in the construction industry. A surveyor was the suspect.

“To be honest, the young man is a friend of mine. He came to my house only four days ago – I also work with him, he’s a surveyor – to tell me that the land he was planning on developing had sand and blocks on it and he wanted me to sell it for him, so I did.

“Just yesterday, the young man came to my house and told me that if he didn’t get the money by the evening, he’d sell it to someone else. And I informed him that I had already sold it and that the buyer would bring the money the next day.”

“So that evening, a friend of mine and I went to his house and gave him the proceeds from the sales. He gave us a receipt for $150 million in total. And he came to accompany us home.”

“Never, never, never – I had never heard of anything like this before, and I would never have suspected him. He used to cook and dine with my kids. They were also close,” he added.

Meanwhile, the IGP has directed the CID to provide technical assistance to the Bono Region police team in their investigation.

The IGP and his team are also scheduled to be in Sunyani.

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