13 February 2013

Ghana: Murders, Suicide Rock Tema

Two murders and a suicide were recorded over the weekend at Tema and its environs. In the early hours of Friday, 8th February, 2013, the half-naked body of a nursing mother was found at the Tema Newtown beach, and in the night of that same day, an ex-policeman stabbed to death a steel bender at Mataheko near Afienya.

A former teacher, also in the night crowned the Friday of satanic happenings by committing suicide in his room. The ex-policeman, a certain Abu, is currently being held by the police at Mataheko.

Our investigations have revealed that on Wednesday 6th February, 2013, one Eunice Dede Mensah, aged 35, who delivered a baby three days earlier, was discharged from the maternity home.

She requested money from her sister who sent her GH¢100.

Report was that in the night she went to sleep without locking the door and at about 2100 hours, she felt a cut near her throat and woke up only to see that two persons wearing mask stood over her and demanded that she surrenders the money that was given to her.

According to the report, she fell unconscious and remained in the room till other tenants went to open the room the following day and discovered the state in which she was and rushed her to the Tema General Hospital for treatment.

She was subsequently referred to the 37 Military Hospital and later to Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital where she was admitted.

The Tema Newtown District Police Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Mr. Mifeku, speaking to this reporter said that the three-day old baby was found dead in the pool of blood that gushed from the stab near the mother's throat and the body of the infant was deposited at the Police Hospital mortuary pending autopsy.

DSP Mifeku went on to say that the following day, Thursday, 7th February, he dispatched a detective to Korle-Bu to find out the condition of the woman, but the medical authorities discharged her in the afternoon and she narrated her ordeal to the police. The District Police boss said that she was asked to report to the station the following day to assist the police by submitting a written report.

Mr. Mifeku said the following day, police waited for the woman to report as scheduled but she never showed up when a report came to them that the body of a woman was washed ashore at U-compound beach.

Upon examining the body, he said it was found to be that of the woman who was earlier attacked by unknown assailants.

The body was removed and deposited at the Police Hospital morgue for autopsy.

He, however, said that police will determine what action to take on the body of the infant after the post-mortem. The Husband stated that on the 28th January, 2013, he remitted her an amount of GH¢800 through a certain Bediako's account.

On the murder at Mataheko near Afienya, reports indicate that one Melody, the wife of a steel bender, Wisdom Ahorveh, aged 40, asked the ex-policeman, one Abu, who is their neighbour and friend to buy drink for their enjoyment.

According to an eye witness, when Abu brought the drink (two packs of striker) to Melody, her husband, Ahorveh, frowned on the action by the neighbour to buy drink for his wife, so a misunderstanding ensued between them leading to a fight.

The eye witness said that the steel bender, popularly called taller, floored Abu twice and latter escaped to his house and returned with a knife, which he used to stab his friend who bled profusely to death.

Also at Ashaiman, near the local Divisional Police Headquarters, one Theodore, 32, aka Teacher, on the same night of Friday 8th February, 2013, assaulted his wife for stealing his money which she reportedly used to buy a piece of land.

The wife allegedly fell unconscious and was rushed to a local hospital, and when Theodore suspected that she might die, he entered his wooden structure room and hanged himself.

The Ashaiman District Crime Offier, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mr Yaka told this reporter that police are conducting investigation into the case.

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