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20.12.2004 Tabloid News

Man kills wife for denying him sex

By Graphic

Kassapin, Dec. 20, Graphic -- A 52-year-old purchasing clerk of the Produce Buying Company (PBC) at Kwaopretey, near Kassapin in the Asunafo North District of the Brong Ahafo Region, has allegedly murdered his 47-year-old wife for denying him,sex after which he comitted suicide.

The suspect, Kwaku Boateng,is alleged to have shot the woman, Madam Adwoa Kyeraa, with whom he has four children, in the chest at close range with a single-barrelled gun, resulting in her death.

Briefing newsmen at Kassapin at the weekend,Mr Mark Opoku,the assembly member for Kwaopretey, said for some time now there had been a misunderstanding between Boateng and his wife over the man's amorous adventures at Kassapin.

He said Adwoa had persistently accused her husband of having a girlfriend at Kassapin whom he visited anytime he sent his returns to the PBC district office in that town every Tuesday.

According to Mr Opoku, around 2 a.m. on December 7, this year, when Boateng approached his wife to have sexual intercourse with her, she resisted the move, with the excuse that the man could infect her with HIV/AIDS,since he had been flirting with other women outside the marriage.

He said the woman's attitude angered her husband and it resulted in a hot argument between the couple.

Mr Opoku said Boateng, who decided to teach the woman a lesson in retaliation for what she had done to him, clandestinely took his single-barreled gun and shot the woman dead in the bedroom at close range.

He said a 24-year old daughter of the couple who was woken up by the gunshot, went out of her bedroom to find out why the gun was fired. Surprisingly, she met her father outside the room who ordered her to return to the room to sleep. Mr Opoku stated that around 5.30 a.m. the same day, the daughter went to her parents' bedroom with the intention of giving her baby to the mother in order to sweep the compound but, to her amazement, she found her dead in a pool of blood with gunshot wounds on her body.

He said she raised an alarm that attracted many people to the scene,but all attempts to locate Boateng proved futile, as he had taken refuge at an unknown destination.

Mr Opoku stated that the people who went to see the dead woman could smell insecticide in the bedroom and in the compound of the house so they conducted a search which led to the discovery of a bottle containing a poisonous chemical, some of which had been used.

He said the daughter reported the murder to him (the assembly member) and he, in turn, lodged a complaint with the Kassapin Police.Mr Opoku said the police organised a search party to trace Boateng and apprehend him for investigation but their effort proved futile, as the suspect could not be found anywhere.

He said a week later, a tenant cocoa farmer discovered the maggot infested body of the suspect on his farm when he was plugging his cocoa pods and reported the matter to the police. The body has since been buried, while the corpse of the woman, which was deposited at the Goaso Government Hospital for an autopsy, was later released to the family for burial at her hometown, Jinijini, near Berekum.

When the Graphic contacted the Kassapin Police, they confirmed the murder of the woman and the suicide by the husband,and said they were investigating the two cases

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