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19.02.2009 Politics

Mystery Death Hits Kumasi

By Daily Guide
Mystery Death Hits Kumasi

Maame Adwoa A FAMILY at Abuakwa in Kumasi is yet to come to terms with circumstances that led to the sudden death of one of their relatives, a 10-year-old pupil.

The deceased, Maame Adwoa, was found dead with a ruptured mouth and nose in a chair in a room last Saturday.

In what looked like a suicide, a television wire which was not hanging from anything was found around the neck of the Abuakwa R/C primary five pupil.

The victim, who had her clothing on when her body was recovered in the afternoon, had all her body parts intact.

According to a family source, the deceased's mother, Adwoa Achiaa, an iced water seller, sent her daughter to fetch some iced water for sale from the fridge in their room.

The source told DAILY GUIDE that a few minutes afterwards, her father, Kofi Sasu, whom everybody knew had traveled, surprisingly came to inform Achiaa that their daughter had committed suicide.

Having heard this bad news, the mother rushed to the room to verify the information and when she went, the girl was dead.

The body has since been deposited at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) for autopsy, but tongues are wagging in the locality as to the reason behind the death of the innocent girl who turns 11 in August.

The manner in which the poor girl was found dead did not suggest that she committed suicide; rather, residents have accused her father of having a hand in her death.

They therefore expressed surprise that the Abuakwa Police who are investigating the matter have not yet arrested Sasu for questioning.

The head of the family, Nana Opoku Ababio, who spoke to DAILY GUIDE , emphasized that the family did not believe that the deceased committed suicide, instead they are convinced that she was deliberately killed for a purpose.

“How can somebody commit suicide in a sofa chair with a loose television wire around her neck which is not tied to anything?” he questioned.

Stressing that the family would delve deep to unravel the mystery surrounding the death of Maame Adwoa, Ababio urged the police to do a thorough investigation into the case to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book.

Superintendent Maxwell Osei, Abuakwa District Police Commander confirmed that investigations had been launched into the case and that God willing, the perpetrators would be rounded up sooner than later.

Citing the delicate nature of the case, Osei failed to disclose details of the autopsy report, saying that at the appropriate time, details would be made available to the police.  

He revealed that the father had been questioned in relation with the killing, but indicated that he had been released.

When the story broke initially, it was rumoured that the deceased committed suicide because her mother refused to buy her chocolate on Valentine's Day.

But appearing on 'Kyen kyen bi adi ma wu', an evening talk show programme on Fox Fm, a local radio station, on Tuesday, the family set the records straight on the weird circumstances that led to the death of the 10-year-old.

From Morgan Owusu, Kumasi