23.04.2005 Crime & Punishment

Husband in court for wife's murder

23.04.2005 LISTEN

Asamankese (E/R), April 23, GNA - A 52-year-old farmer, who after stabbing his wife thrice and sensing that she would die, drank DDT chemical with intent to commit suicide, was on Friday remanded by a circuit court at Asamankese on a provisional charge of murder.

Sampson Agorda, whose plea was not taken and is to reappear on May 5, was said to have been saved by a sister who refused to offer him water to drink when he rushed to her in a nearby house, as she smelt the scent of the chemical from his mouth.

Both the wife, Diana Amemornu, 46, and Agorda were rushed to the St Dominic's Hospital at Akwatia but Dina died soon on arrival while Agorda was discharged after three days.

Detective Police Chief Inspector Eric Okyere, told the Court presided over by Mr Kofi Akrowiah that the couple who were married for ten years without an issue, lived at Topremang, near Akwatia. He said recently Agorda who suspected Dina of being unfaithful to him confronted her for having affair with another man.

The Prosecutor said on Easter Saturday, at 19 00 hours, Agorda went to Dina's family house and met her chatting with her sister but when he greeted them Dina did not respond. When he tried to embrace her, she did not take kindly to it.

Agorda was said to have taken offence and wanted to beat the wife but she grabbed a kitchen stool to defend herself and Agorda allegedly slapped her and she fell the ground.

According to the Prosecutor, Agorda pinned Diana on the ground and a sister, in the attempt to save her sister's life, picked the kitchen stool and hit Agorda who then left Dina and went to his room.

He said Dina then went to Agorda's sister to tell her of the incident saying, Agorda who emerged from the room armed with a sharp cutlass followed Dina and on meeting her on the way allegedly stabbed her in the stomach, back and chest.

The prosecution said Dina fell a few meters from the spot and sensing danger, Sampson ran back to his room and drank the chemical in an attempt to end his life.

He said when both husband and wife were rushed to the hospital, Agorda was discharged after three days and handed over to the Police for investigation.