Crime & Punishment of Thursday, 14 February 2013
Source: The Ghanaian Times
The Tema Police are investigating the bizarre murder of a 35-year-old nursing mother and her three-day-old baby in separate incidents, at Tema Newtown.
The bodies of Eunice Dede Mensah and her son, Kwesi Acquah, were identified by the police last week.
Eunice was found almost naked, in a supine position with fresh lacerations on her face, after the body was washed ashore at Tema Newtown on February 8.
The body of Acquah was found in her room at ‘U-Compound’ on February 6, after two unidentified men in masks attempted to stab Eunice in the throat and kill her.
According to the police, the boy might have died during the struggle between the thugs and her mother.
Eunice was rushed to the Tema General Hospital and referred to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital for further treatment, and discharged.
It however remains a puzzle, how her body was washed ashore two days later and the police said they suspected foul play.
Narrating the sad incident to the Ghanaian Times yesterday, the Tema Newtown District Police Commander, ASP Herbert Sosu, said police were in the process of investigating both incidents.
ASP Sosu said on February 6 at 8 am, the victim's father, Mensah Quarshie, of house number 5E Awudum in Tema Newtown, accompanied by Ernest Acquah and the assemblyman of Dade Agbo electoral area, Kojogah Dakagbe, reported to the police that his daughter, Eunice Dede Mensah, was attacked and stabbed by two unidentified men wearing masks at around 4 am while sleeping in her room.
The room had not been secured making it easy for the attackers to enter. During the incident her three-day-old son allegedly died and her assailants managed to steal Ghc100 from her handbag.
The woman was rushed to the Tema General Hospital but she was referred to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital for further treatment.
ASP Sosu said investigators were dispatched to the house. On entering the room they saw the dead baby on the bed with the room completely disorganised and traces of blood on the floor.
He said the investigators subsequently went to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital to see how she was responding to treatment and after she was discharged they escorted her to the Tema Newtown Police Station to take her statement before entrusting her to the care of her parents.
ASP Sosu said, however, on February 8 at about 6:30 am information reached the police that a female adult has drowned in the sea and has been washed ashore.
He said police rushed to the beach to verify the information only to realise that it was the body of Eunice Dede Mensah.