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Tabloid News of Friday, 17 May 2002

Source: Graphic

Woman on the run after shooting rival

A 29-YEAR-OLD woman at Nungua in Accra, Stella Akakpo, who allegedly shot her rival with a pistol, in a bid to kill her, is on the run.

Stella allegedly went after her rival in another house at dawn yesterday and knocked at her door.

When her unsuspecting rival opened the door, Stella it is alleged engaged her in a quarrel, and later shot her in the back while a neighbour tried to separate them.

The victim, Juliana Kpodonu, 24, was rushed unconscious to the Police Hospital in Accra, where doctors performed surgery on her to remove a number of pellets from her back.

She has regained consciousness and is said to be responding to treatment. The Accra Regional Police Commander, Dr Kofi Kesse Manfo, said in an interview that until the incident, Stella lived in the same house with her husband, Grand Bless Akakpo, 25, at Nungua, while the man?s second wife lived in another house about one kilometre away.

He said at about 3a.m, Stella, in pursuance of her cruel motive, told her husband that mosquitoes had invaded their room and that she was going outside in search of a mosquito coil to repel them. Dr Manfo said that the suspect then ran to her rival?s house, posed as a visitor and knocked at her door.

He said as soon as her rival opened the door, the suspect attacked her verbally but a neighbour came to the scene and told Juliana to go back to her room and sleep.

?It was while on her way back to the room that Stella pulled the pistol and shot her in the back,? the commander added.

Dr Manfo said that when news of the incident spread, their husband rushed to Juliana?s house, where she was lying unconscious in a pool of blood. The man quickly organised a vehicle and rushed the victim to the hospital. According to Dr Manfo, while the victim was being rushed to the hospital, the suspect, who was still armed with the gun, run back to the house and packed some of her belongings and fled.

The commander said that a search has been mounted for the her.