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29.12.2006 General News

Man Shot Dead In Sleep

By Godfrey K. Nyanney, Mpintsin
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The town of Mpintsin, near Sekondi, in the Western Region was thrown into a state of mourning on Wednesday over news of the murder of a popular middle aged man said to have been shot by an unknown person while he was asleep in his room.
Kojo Badu, unemployed and a familiar figure in the locality, was allegedly with his girl- friend when he was killed.
A locally manufactured pistol believed to have been used by the assailant was found lying on the floor of the room.
Badu’s girlfriend, Mary Tandoh, told newsmen that they retired to bed at about 9pm on Tuesday, Boxing Day, but because the room was hot they left the door and the window open.
She said she was awakened from sleep by a loud noise which sounded like a gun shot and when she turned round she saw Badu sprawled on the floor, with his intestines gushing out.
She cried out for help but Badu died before he could be rushed to hospital by neighbours.
ACP Benjamin Gyasi, Takoradi District Police Crime Officer, said investigations were underway to establish the cause of death.
He said ballistic test will be undertaken to determine whether the pistol found in the room was the same one used in committing the alleged murder.
No arrest has so far been made.