Story: Samuel Duodu, Kenyase No. 2
A chainsaw operator, believed to be in his early 30s, decided to end his six-year-old marriage at Kenyasi No.2 in the Asutifi District in the Brong Ahafo Region, when he shot his wife with a single barrelled gun and later committed suicide by shooting himself.
The deceased husband, Kwasi Akowah, alias Amedika shot the wife, Madam Abena Saaman, a 44-year-old farmer in the stomach, after she had attended to nature’s call with the couple’s five year old son at a nearby pit latrine.
Akowah, who for sometime now had been engaging the wife in petty quarrels, took that decision to end their relationship after he had failed in his bid to woo the wife back to their matrimonial home at Bomjampa, a farming community near Kenyasi.
Briefing the Daily Graphic on the incident, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Richard Appiah, the Kenyasi District Police Commander, said the couple lived at Bomjampa and on December 27, 2007 the woman decided to move from their matrimonial home to live with her mother at Kenyasi No.2 as a result of persistent quarrels with her husband.
He said when the woman was leaving , she took along their five-year- old son.
ASP Appiah told the Daily Graphic that the man followed up to Kenyasi No.2 and persuaded his wife to return with him to their village but she refused due to the persistent petty quarrels between them.
According to the District Commander, the husband had been engaging the wife in several quarrels and anytime there was this misunderstanding, his wife’s family came in to settle the dispute but this time around, the wife decided she had had enough and therefore she was no more going to return to the village with the husband.
ASP Appiah said on January 4, this year, the man went again to take the wife to the village but she refused to go with him.
He said at about 5.30 a.m. that day, the woman in the company of their five-year-old son attended natures call at a pit latrine near their house and when they were returning home, her husband who had laid ambush shot the woman in the stomach.
ASP Appiah said after shooting the wife, Akowah fled the scene and their five -year- old son began to shout ‘my father has killed my mother’ which attracted a large crowd to the scene.
He said the police were later informed and they moved to the crime scene and while there, news came in that a certain man had shot himself at Tutukwa.
He said the police again moved to the scene and found out that it was Akowah who had shot himself in the neck with the same gun that he used to kill his wife.
ASP Appiah said the bodies of the couple had been deposited at the St. Elizabeth Hospital at Hwidiem for autopsy while investigations continue.