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05.02.2005 Crime & Punishment

Man in custody for suspected murder

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Cape Coast Feb.5, GNA- The Cape Coast police on Saturday placed in custody a man suspected to have murdered and dumped a young woman behind a kiosk in front of a house near the Ayeko-Ayeko shell filling station at Cape Coast.

The man, Kweku Atta a 28-year mechanic was arrested when he went to the regional police station, to report seeing a lady lying in front of his room.

According to detective corporal, Fred Atta Yeboah, the suspect came to the police station around 0530 hours to report that around 0100 hours he went out of his room to see a woman very weak lying in front of his room and he decided to report to the police. Mr Yeboah said Atta was arrested and placed in custody because there were bloodstains on his clothing.

He said, not quiet long, the assemblyman of the area, Mr. Adams Amuda also came to report of a dead woman lying behind a kiosk. The woman suspected to be about 23 years old, laid supine, foaming from the mouth and nose with blood stain on the head, wore a blue mini jeans skirt, black nylon blouse, white panties and white beads. Mr Yeboah said there is a deep cut on the woman's head, which was neatly shaved and it was suspected there was a struggle.

According to an eye witness in the house, she earlier heard someone shouting, help, help, am dying but at dawn when she woke up, she saw blood mixed with foam in their compound, a pair of rubber sandals, a black and white strip shirt, kaolin chalk and plastic back containing food.

The witness said a "toilet attendant" near the house saw Atta dumping the body behind the kiosk and when questioned, he said he was going to the police to report but never came back.

A radio announcement was made and many people trooped to the spot to catch a glimpse of the body.

Meanwhile the body has been conveyed to the regional hospital mortuary for autopsy, while police is conducting investigation.

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