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14.04.2008 Crime & Punishment

Couple Arrested For Death Of Son On Orders Of Spiritualist

The Takoradi Police have arrested a couple for negligently causing the death of their nine-year-old son. The couple, Kwaku Badu, 35, a fisherman, and Elizabeth Coomson, also 35, were said to have kept their son indoors on the orders of a spiritualist who said the boy was possessed by witchcraft.

The police arrested the couple while they were preparing to bury their son.

The spiritualist, Madam Theresa Arthur, popularly known as Maame Osofo of the 12 Apostles Church at Inchaban, was alleged to have declared that the boy was possessed by witchcraft and ordered that he should be kept in a room until he died.

The couple, accordingly, complied with the order, leading to the death of the boy at 3.00 p.m. last Wednesday.

The Unit Commander of the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit of the Ghana Police Service, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Cecilia Arko, confirmed the incident to the Daily Graphic.

She said someone called to inform the police that Badu and his wife had kept their sick son in a room to die, on the orders of a spiritualist.

She said a police rescue team was despatched to the residence of the couple but, unfortunately, when the team got there, the boy had died and the body was being prepared by the couple for burial.

ASP Arko said the body was then taken to the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital for autopsy, while the two were detained to assist in investigations. Madam Coomson told the Daily .

Story by Moses Dotsey Aklorbortu.

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