UK Pastor’s Driver to Die by Hanging


An Accra High Court on Monday sentenced to death one Kofi Seidu, who had been accused of killing his boss, Rev Sydney Thomas Barnes, a British-American Missionary.
The court on the other hand discharged and acquitted Rev Padmore Goodwill, the other accused person for insufficient evidence linking him to the murder.
Seidu, who worked as a driver for the victim was arraigned alongside Rev Goodwill, a caretaker of Prestige Secretarial and Computer School, Koforidua, Eastern Region.
They had both been accused of carrying out the crime sometime in 2010 and burying his remains on an old farm at Nsawam in the Eastern Region.
Following four years of painstaking trial, the seven-man jury unanimously found the driver culpable on the charge of murder.
The lawyer of both men, Barr. Augustines Obuor, following the termination of the case asked the court to award Rev Goodwill compensation of GH¢500,000.
According to him, his client had been in prison custody since 2010 and had to be compensated in pursuant to Article 14 (5) of the 1992 Constitution.
He said his client also suffered mild stroke while in custody.
The state’s counsel, Elizabeth Sackeyfio, on the contrary prayed the court to disregard the petition, insisting Rev. Goodwill didn’t deserve any form of compensation.
The court, presided over by Justice Iddrisu Abdullah, refused to grant the compensation and asked Rev Goodwill to properly justify his stand.
He added that the convict, Kofi Seidu, has 30 days to appeal his sentencing.

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