Trial into the murder of Nigerian student Kennedy Taomwabwa Dede resumes in Famagusta, witness not available to testify

Trial into the murder of Nigerian student, Kennedy Taomwabwa Dede who was kidnapped, tortured and killed by a group of Turkish students in January, 2018 has been postponed to March, 15, 2020 due to lack of witness in court.

Kennedy Taomwabwa Dede, 28, an Architecture student at the Eastern Mediterranean University in Magusa, north Cyprus was kidnapped by 7 gang members on January, 29, 2018 from his residence in Famagusta and taken to the Çanakkale lake in the outskirt of the city where he was seriously beaten and killed.   

His body was left half naked in the Çanakkale Pond. 

Following the incident, 7 suspects namely; Ozan Korkurt, 18, Zekeriya Founder, 22, Burcu Çelik, 16, Onur Körkurt, 21, Simge Dağdur, 28, Aydan Sel and Nidai Şanlı, 28 were arrested in connection with the murder and charged to court in Lefkosa for murder, human abduction and serious assault.

The accused
Police investigation later revealed that Kennedy was murdered over 1000TL loan. During the investigation, police said they gathered over 190 statements and testimonies, retrieved deleted messages and screened 142 phone conversations.   

Two of the accused, Zanlılar Aydan Sel and Burcu Çelik were released on bail following weeks of court appearance and ordered to pay a bond over the case of negligence brought against them for not preventing such a serious crime.   

Five other accused, Nidai Sanli, Ozan Korkurt, Onur Körkurt, Simge Dağdur and Zekeriya Kurucu, who have been standing trial in court and imprisoned for months, denied the accusations brought against them. 

57 witnesses has been heard so far and 230 signs taken.

The murder case which has been in court for over two years resumed in a Famagusta court on Thursday, March, 5.

The trial was however posted to next month as a witness who was supposed to testify in court in order to prove his case without any doubt was not available.

The witness who reportedly is in Turkey could not be reached by the prosecutor.

Every attempt to reach him via the TRNC Ministry of Interior to Turkey failed.

The trial will now resume on March, 12, 2020 to continue from where it left off.

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