Crime & Punishment of Friday, 11 October 2013

Source: Daily Graphic

Gory: Father beheads stepdaughter for ritual purposes

The entire Kyekyewere community in the Tarkwa Nsuaem municipality in the Western Region was thrown into a state of shock when a resident of the community beheaded his four-year-old stepdaughter.

The suspect, identified as Kwesi Qaison, 45, was said to have beheaded the stepdaughter, Effua Otoo, for ritual purposes, but an angry mob lynched him afterwards.

After beheading the girl, Qaison wrapped the head in a plastic bag and headed for the lorry station.

But the bloodstains on his trail led a passer-by to locate the headless body of the girl in a room.

The passer-by then shouted for help, resulting in neighbours giving Qaison a hot chase to the lorry station.

Although the suspect had boarded a vehicle, some passengers alerted the driver to stop, since there was a mob chasing the vehicle.

When the vehicle pulled up, Qaison was mercilessly beaten up by the mob before being handed over to the police, who then rushed him to the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly on arrival.

The bodies of the little girl and Qaison have been deposited at the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital, while the police continue their investigations.

Little Otoo’s mother, stunned by her husband’s action, collapsed after she had been told of what had happened to her daughter.

When contacted, the Tarkwa Divisional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Mr Paul Ayitey, said the police expected Otoo’s mother to help the police in their investigations when she regained consciousness.