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21.02.2009 Crime & Punishment

Hunter's dog uncovers ritual murder

By The Spectator

But for the incessant barking of a hunter's dog, the body of a 45-year-old farmer who was allegedly murdered in cold blood for ritual purposes would never have been found.

The dog which discovered the body on a cocoa farm belonging to the deceased's wife started barking and this attracted its owner, who informed the police.

According to the police in Dunkwa-On-Offin, they have begun investigations into the circumstances that led to the killing of the farmer, Kwaku Adu, last Thursday.

Adu's body was found without his left eye and ear; he had a deep cut on the abdomen.

He was said to have had a quarrel with his wife who asked him to leave their matrimonial home at Besease, a suburb of Dunkwa-On-Offin.

The following day, after the quarrel following a forcible eviction from the house, Adu was found murdered in the cocoa farm.

The incident has sent chills down the spines of the community members who are gripped with fear.

Confirming the incident to the Spectator in a telephone conversation, the Dunkwa Municipal Police Commander, Superintendent Samuel Boabeng, said Adu's wife (name withheld) has been arrested and placed in police custody.

She was alleged to have disappeared from their home the night of the incident and was later arrested at Abura, in the Central Region.

According to the police commander, the house the couple lived in belonged to the wife.

He said there had been some misunderstanding between them for sometime now, but it got out of hand on the fateful day as the woman sacked him from the house.

Superintendent Boabeng indicated that anytime they quarreled elders in the town intervened but the woman would not listen to anyone to allow the husband to stay in the house this time around.

The police commander said they quarreled on February 3 and the body was found on February 5.

He said a dog discovered the body as its barking attracted its owner, a hunter, who informed the police.

Some family members who pleaded anonymity told the Spectator that about four people had mysteriously been murdered in the area.

They believed that they were killed for rituals.