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Achimota school student jailed 3 years for manslaughter

The Achimota Senior High School student who shot and killed a female colleague has been sentenced to spend the next three years in a correctional facility.

The 17-year-old convict was found guilty for manslaughter by the Accra Juvenile court on Friday.

He was sixteen years [minor] at the time of the incident on January 4, 2017 and so the case was heard in camera.

He is said to have gone for his father’s gun which was under a bed with the intent of shooting in the air, but he ended up killing his friend, Lily Donkor who was also a third year student of the same school.

The facts as narrated in court were that on January 4, this year, at about 2pm the deceased Lily who lived at Cantonments visited the convict at Community eight in Tema.

While there, prosecution said the convict went to his father’s room and picked up his father’s single barrel gun and shot the victim in the abdomen.

The convict told the police that he intended shooting into the air however the gravity of the gun changed course and hit the deceased.

According to the prosecution, a neighbor heard the gun shot and went to the scene only to see the victim lying in a pool of blood.

The victim was taken to the Port Clinic in Tema. However due to the condition of the victim, she was transferred to the 37 Military Hospital in Accra where she died on admission.

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