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General News of Sunday, 13 January 2013

Source: Graphic Online

Farmer shoots self dead - 'For no reason'

The Sefwi-Kwatenkrom community in the Western Region was thrown into a state of shock Monday when a popular and successful cocoa farmer, Sampson Yaw Fosu, shot himself dead on return from his farm.

The deceased was said to have tendered some dried cocoa beans in his house upon return from farm that day, interacted with his children who were preparing the evening's meal and then entered his room and shot himself with his gun.

Aged 45 and married with four children, Fosu was said to have suffered from depression and had on some occasions, shown signs of mental instability.

The police are yet to establish the reason behind the suicide. The weapon he used to commit the act, one spent shell and one live cartridge have been retrieved and are currently in the possession of the police.

The body has been deposited at the Wiawso Government Hospital mortuary.

The Wiawso District Police Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr Raymond Kofi Erzuah told graphic.com.gh that Fosu returned from the farm with members of his family in the afternoon on the said day and went about his other duties without any sign that he was disturbed.

He said after interacting with his children who were preparing a meal at about 3.30pm, he entered his room.

A few minutes after that, he said, the children heard a gunshot and when they rushed into his room, they found him lying in a supine position in a pool of blood. A gun, a spent shell and a live cartridge lay close to him.

Mr Erzuah said Fosu’s children had not been able to state what could have led their father to commit the act but other family members later told the police that the deceased had shown signs of depression and had recently started showing signs of mental instability.

He said a family member, Adabor Francis, told the police that Fosu was a successful farmer who had a huge cocoa and foodstuffs farm and was was quite well to do.

He said the police had launched investigations into the death and were determined to get to the bottom of it.

Mr Erzuah advised the community to seek professional assistance for members of their families who showed signs of depression or mental instability

“It is important to note that from what the family is saying, if they had paid a little attention to Fosu, the situation would have been different,” he said.

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