By Samuel Duodu, Sunyani.
A 35-year-old foodstuff seller of Sunyani Area Four met her sudden death when she was brutally murdered by some unknown assailants in the morning of Tuesday July, 27, 2010 at Nwaso, a farming community near Atronie in the Sunyani Municipality of the Brong Ahafo Region.
The deceased, Patricia Donkor a.k.a, Abena Pat, who was said to be on her way to see Kwabena Darkwah, a farmer, who resides at Nwaso to purchase plantain from him was killed instantly by the assailants who inflicted deep cutlass wounds on her face, back of her neck and shoulders.
The body of the deceased, was discovered on a footpath leading to the Nwaso village by some schoolchildren of Nwaso Local Authority (L/A) Primary School who had been sent by their teachers to collect a bunch of plantain they had bought from the said farmer at his cottage at the same village.
The police were called in to come for the body when the schoolchildren raised an alarm that attracted a large crowd to the scene.
The body had since been deposited at the regional hospital morgue, but no arrests had been made as at the time of filing this report. According to the police in Sunyani, they had intensified their investigations to bring the perpetrators of the heinous crime to book.
Atronie, a farming community in the Sunyani municipality, in recent times has been prone to ritual murders in the municipality and it was based on such occurrences that irate youth of Atronie about two years ago took the law into their own hands and lynched the former Goaso Government Hospital Administrator, Mr Anthony Yeboah Boateng, on suspicion of being a ritual murderer.
The youth, according to sources at that time, attacked the hospital administrator who was then in the company of two women conveying the dead body of her mother-in-law to the Regional Hospital mortuary in Sunyani in the boot of his private car.
The youth who had then mounted a roadblock in the town on seeing the body in the boot of the late Yeboah Boateng’s car without listening to his explanation, attacked him and killed him instantly and also vandalised his car in the process.
Chief Superintendent Charles Botwe, the Sunyani Municipal Police Commander who confirmed the story to the Graphic Nsempa said they received a phone call that a woman had been murdered at Nwaso two kilometers from Atronie and therefore, the police went for the body, which had been deposited at the Regional Hospital mortuary.
He added that the woman who hade been buying foodstuffs from farmers at Atronie and its surrounding villages on Tuesday morning called Kwabena Darkwah on his mobile phone to reserve some plantain for her to buy. Chief Supt. Botwe added that the deceased who was on her way to the cottage to collect the plantain was attacked by some unknown assailants who inflicted machete wounds on her killing her instantly.
The Chief Supt. added that the deceased was happily married to Mr Asamoah Boateng, a driver of the Metro Mass Transport (MMT) in Sunyani and according to their investigations, there had not been any misunderstanding whatsoever between the deceased and the husband.
He added that the police did not therefore, suspect any foul play since the husband of the deceased on that morning of the attack on his wife at Nwaso left the house with the three children. While loading at Kumasi to Sunyani, he received a call from his boss in Sunyani and was told to pick another vehicle to Sunyani where news of the death of his wife was broken to him.