Crime & Punishment of Tuesday, 21 January 2014
A 40-year-old hunter, Ackah Sai, from Ebonloa, near Half-Assini in the Jomoro District, mistook his colleague for a game and shot him.
Michael Nkrumah Alerfeh, 42, died shortly on arrival home, and the corpse has been deposited at the Half-Assini-Government Hospital morgue, pending autopsy.
The suspect has been placed in custody, soon to be arraigned before the Half-Assini Magistrate Court for prosecution.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Charles Mensah, Jomoro District Crime Officer, who confirmed the tragic incident to the Ghana News Agency on Monday, said the deceased and the suspect were friends, who resided at Ebonloa and mostly went on a hunting expedition together.
ASP Mensah said on Wednesday January 8, they went on a hunting expedition together, but on arrival in the forest, they separated to search for a game.
The district crime officer said Sai was trailing a small monkey in anticipation for a bigger game and suddenly, he saw the bush shaking in a far distance.
ASP Mensah said Sai thought it was an animal hidden in the shrub and, therefore, shot at it with his gun, and when he got closer, he realized that he had shot at his colleague.
Sai could not carry Alerfeh home alone, and so he came home to inform the town folks, who conveyed him home, but he died shortly afterwards, the district crime officer concluded.