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Mason Apprentice Jailed 30 Years Over UG Law Lecturer Prof. Benneh’s Murder

The prosecution's case detailed how Womba recruited Kwayisi and Opambour Agya Badu Nkansah to carry out the murder plot.

An Accra High Court on Wednesday sentenced Ebenezer Kwayisi, a mason apprentice to 30 years in prison, after he pleaded guilty to playing a role in the murder of University of Ghana law lecturer, Professor Emmanuel Yaw Benneh in 2020.

Referred to as “Junior,” Kwayisi pleaded guilty under Section 239 of Act 30 and will also undergo hard labor during his sentence. Originally facing a life sentence for abetment of murder, Kwayisi’s conviction stemmed from his involvement in the death of Prof. Benneh, who was killed at his residence in Adjiriganor, East Legon, in that year.

The prime suspect, James Nana Womba, who was the late professor’s houseboy, died while in police custody.

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The prosecution’s case detailed how Womba recruited Kwayisi and Opambour Agya Badu Nkansah to carry out the murder plot. Despite Womba’s death, investigations revealed Kwayisi’s complicity in the crime. He and Womba had allegedly conspired to kill Prof. Benneh, with Kwayisi ultimately agreeing to participate in the execution of the plan.

The court found Kwayisi guilty based on his own admission of guilt and sentenced him accordingly.

The prosecution’s evidence included forensic analysis linking Womba to the crime scene and his confession implicating Kwayisi and Nkansah. The plan to murder Prof. Benneh was said to have been devised in August 2020, with Kwayisi joining the plot at Womba’s request.

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