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Tue, 14 Dec 2010 Crime & Punishment

Another Dad Kills Son

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By Daily Guide

A 26-YEAR-OLD steel bender, Francis Asamoah, who allegedly killed his son in cold blood, has appeared in court charged with murder.

Two-year-old Bismark Adjei was forcibly taken away from his mother by his father, who later allegedly murdered him for unknown reasons.

The incident, which has shocked the entire farming community of Dadwene, took place around 4pm on December 5, 2010.

Asamoah has since been remanded into custody and he is due to re-appear at an Obuasi Circuit Court on December 22, 2010.

Yaw Obeng Asubonteng, the police prosecutor, told the court presided over by Gilbert Ayisi Addo that the complainant, Elizabeth Akologo, who is a hairdresser and resident of Kyekyewere, was in a conjugal relationship with the accused person, Francis Asamoah.

Elizabeth and Francis are the parents of the deceased, who until his death, stayed with the mother at Kyekyewere.

On December 5 at about 5:30am, the complainant and the accused travelled together to Bekwai to visit a friend of theirs and returned to Dadwene at 1:30pm on the same day.

DSP Asubonteng said while the couple was on its way back to Dadwene, the complainant received a telephone call from her nephew, Sylvester Akologo, indicating his intention to go out, and therefore wanted to send the deceased to her since there was nobody at home to take care of the boy.

The prosecutor said the deceased was handed over to his parents at the accused person's house at Dadwene, but after the boy had been fed, the complainant directed Sylvester to send Bismark back to their home at Kyekyewere.

While Sylvester and the deceased were on their way back home, the accused suddenly emerged and took the deceased from him, claiming that he, as the father of the child, had been denied the opportunity to be with son.

Upon meeting at Kyekyewere, Sylvester informed the complainant about what happened, and around 4 pm on the same day, one Atta, a friend of the accused, called to inform the complainant that her son had fallen sick.

Not long after the complainant had boarded a vehicle to trace the son, Elizabeth received a second call on her cell phone from one Owusu that the boy had died while being taken to the hospital.

Elizabeth suspected foul play in the sudden death of Bismark Adjei and therefore made a report to the police at Obuasi the following day as the medical officer at the Ridge Hospital at Obuasi recommended a post-mortem examination.

The accused was later arrested to help the police to conduct investigations into the boy's death.

From Ernest Kofi Adu, Obuasi

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