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16.04.2008 Crime & Punishment

Abortion Death: Police Hunt For Quack Doctor

By Stephen K. Effah - newtimesonline.com

IN her bid to terminate a seven-month-old pregnancy, a 28-year-old woman died in the hands of a self-styled 'medical doctor' who secretly deposited the body at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital morgue in Accra.

The 34-year-old quack doctor, Fixon Okine, alias Nii Teiko Okine or Shinto, is said to operate his retired father’s private clinic at Dansoman-Agege.

Popularly known in the locality as 'doctor,' Shinto and his assistant, named only as Afedi are alleged to be specialists in abortions. They are on the run.

Police told the Times yesterday that on April 1, Rebecca Aryeetey from Ashaiman, who was seven months pregnant, died at about 7 p.m. while undergoing 'criminal abortion' by Shinto and Afedi.

The two, with the aid of Shinto’s mother, Lucy Norley Do-wuona Owoo, and Charles Kumi, allegedly hired a taxi and deposited the body at the Korle-Bu mortuary without notifying the police, according to Dansoman Police Commander, Alex Yartey Tawiah.

He said acting on a tip-off, the police detailed personnel to the clinic where Shinto and his father lived.

The police met Afedi, who on seeing the police officers jumped from the last floor of the two storey building, which served as the clinic and escaped.

He said that the prime suspect, Shinto and his two accomplices, Ms Owoo and Afedi are on the run, but Kumi has been arrested and he is assisting the police in their investigation.

Mr Tawiah said that Kumi denied participating in the abortion, but admitted that he hired the taxi that conveyed the body to the morgue on the night of April 1.

He said police investigation so far had revealed that Ms Owoo gave her name as Mary Aryeetey at the morgue to give the impression that she was a relative of the deceased.

DSP Tawiah appealed to the public for information to help in the arrest of Shinto and his accomplices.

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