Lily Asigbetse's Death Family criticises 3-year sentence given to Achimota student for murder

The family, expressing anger, has criticised the three-year sentenced handed over to Asigbetse’s killer, saying it is too lenient.

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The family of Lily Dzigbordi Asigbetse, the Achimota student who was killed by her colleague, has expressed anger at the court’s judgement on the case.

The family, expressing anger, has criticised the three-year sentenced handed over to Asigbetse’s killer, saying it is too lenient.

Speaking on Accra-based Kasapa FM, Vivian Donkor, mother of the deceased, said they are not leaving the “matter lying.”

READ MORE: Achimota school student sentenced for murder

She said: “How can our hurtful feelings be assuaged when someone who has killed our daughter is sentenced to only three years in a correctional home.

“We’re very angry over the jail term, the family is meeting soon to see what next step we can take. We’re not leaving this matter lying down and we’re not ready to forgive the boy and his family.

“Since day one, his mother never said the truth insisting that it was a knockout that hit and killed my daughter and not a gun.

“Even when Lily was shot and was writhing in pain in a pool of blood, it took the boy and his family three hours before they took Lily to the hospital and even this was after her elder sister had called her [Lily’s] phone several times which rang unanswered.

“Is that how to treat someone’s daughter who has visited your home? We’re convinced they deliberately killed.” 

A Juvenile Court in Accra  sentenced the 18-year old third-year student of Achimota Senior High School who shot Asigbetse with his father’s single barrel gun to three years at the correctional home.

The deceased Lily Dzigbordi Asigbetse who lived at Cantonments had visited the accused person at Community eight (8) in Tema.

READ MORE: Family of Lily Asigbetse want AG to hurry on shooting case

On January 5, this year, the accused told the police that he intended to shoot into the air however the gravity of the gun changed course and hit the deceased.

The prosecution said one Madam Gifty Billy, a neighbour, heard the gunshot and went to the scene. But she only found the victim lying in a pool of blood.

The prosecution said Gifty rushed the victim 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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