From Samuel Duodu, Sunyani.
The Sunyani Magistrate Court has remanded into prison custody a farmer who allegedly beheaded his 16-year-old nephew at his farm at Yawmankra near Derma in the Tano South District in the Brong Ahafo Region.
Naa Sabuge, said to be in his 20s, was charged with murder. His plea was not taken.
The facts of the case as presented in court by Chief Inspector Kingsley Baafi were that, on July 27, 2009, the accused, who lived at Yawmankra near Derma accompanied some friends to one Sadodo’s farm to work.
The prosecutor told the court that on his return home, he realised that his wife had left the house for an unknown destination without his knowledge, and the accused who was then annoyed started searching for his wife.
Chief Inspector Baafi said the accused then traced Pavil Francis, 16, his brothers’ son to his farm and on seeing him, he enquired from him whether he had seen his wife, but Francis replied in the negative.
He said the accused insisted that he (Francis) knew where his wife was and the accused who was armed with a machete started inflicting wounds on the boy, killing him in the process.
The prosecutor told the court that the accused who was not still satisfied with his barbaric act, decapitated the deceased and buried the body in the farm while he left the head under a palm tree and went home.
On reaching home, the accused started feeling uneasy and therefore, reported what he had done to the assembly member for the Nsuta Electoral Area, near Derma, Mr Bakiyiri Yaw Mark, who also informed the police.
Chief Inspector Baafi said when the police and the assembly man got to the farm, the body of the deceased was exhumed while the decapitated head was retrieved.
He said the accused later led the police to where he had hidden the murder weapon, which the police took for evidential purposes.
He said the body of the boy had been deposited at the Regional Hospital in Sunyani awaiting autopsy while Police investigations still continue.