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Crime & Punishment of Saturday, 12 September 2015

Source: Daily Heritage

Man kills wife over banku without fish

The New Juaben Municipal Police Command in the Eastern Region has arrested Kwaku Larbi Amo, a forty-one year old farmer at Nkurakan, near Koforidua for allegedly killing his wife, Comfort Obiri, forty years, over food.

The suspect is alleged to have beaten his wife to pulp for failing to cook food for the family having been given GHC10.00 to prepare supper. The suspect and deceased had been married for the past 25 years and blessed with six children.

The incident occurred at Nkurakan on December 23, 2014; however, the suspect deserted the community and went into hiding at Akwaduuso, a farming community in the Atiwa District.

Information gathered by the Daily Heritage indicates that on that fateful day the suspect gave the wife, now deceased, GHC10.00 to prepare supper for the family, however, upon his return to the house, he saw the children eating banku without fish.

The suspect was told by the children that the deceased had left the house to a friend’s house, which he followed.

When he got to the house, the suspect saw the deceased eating a bowl of fufu with her friend which got him furious, and thus dragged the deceased into the darkness and allegedly beat her to pulp. The suspect left the deceased to his fate when she felt unconscious.

Some residents in the area rushed to the scene and took the deceased, who had bruises on the body with blood gushing out from the nose to the Koforidua Government Hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival.

A report was made to the Police, however, the suspect deserted the community but the Police, a few days ago had a tip off that the suspect had been seen hiding at Akwaduuso, a village in the Atiwa District.

The investigator in-charge of the case, L/C Joshua kwoffie thus led a team of police officers to the community at dawn to street the suspect on Sunday.

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