The Kasoa Ritual Killing suspects' trial is still ongoing.

The two 'Kasoa lads' charged with the murder of 10-year-old Ishmael Mensah Abdullah would face a three-year sentence if found guilty. 

Because of the Juvenile Justice Act, the two accused persons — a 15-year-old juvenile and an 18-year-old young offender — cannot be prosecuted as adults. 

The court presided over by Justice Lydia Osei Marfo said in court on Thursday, May 12 when the case was called for the jury to be empanelled that the accused persons will no longer face jury trial due to their ages. 

"I had stated that we would empanel the jury before today. 

"However, given the accused's ages – one is 18 and the other is 15 – and the Juvenile Justice Act, it may not be essential to have them tried by jury," Justice Lydia Osei Marfo said. 

According to the Juvenile Justice Act of 2003, Act 653, a "young offender" is someone who is 18 years old or older but under 21 years old. 

The judge stated, "The oldest of them is still a juvenile delinquent under the Juvenile Justice Act." 

If the accused are found guilty, they would likely face a maximum term of three years under the juvenile justice statute, according to the court.


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