A herbalist based at Nima near Agona Swedru in the Central Region is in the grips of the law for allegedly shooting dead his patient. The shooting was expected to exorcise the spirits allegedly responsible for the deceased's illness. The body of the deceased, Daniel Kwesi Botwey, 27, a farmer at Nsuekyir near Winneba has been deposited at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital Mortuary in Accra for autopsy.
The herbalist, Kingsford David Amenyah is now behind bars at the Swedru Police station as investigations into the incident continue. This was disclosed to journalists at Swedru by the Deputy Superintendent of Police, B.B Bakomor. The District Commander said Botwey was admitted to the herbal centre of Amenyah about three weeks ago to receive treatment for an ailment. On January 1, 2006, Amenyah allegedly shot his patient.
He claimed that the act was part of the revelation by the gods to accelerate the recovery of Botwey. However after shooting his patient and as he bled profusely, Amenyah rushed him to the Asikuma Hospital where he died the following day. Deputy Superintendent Bakomoor said the incident was reported to the police by the deceased's brother, Francis Botwey and the herbalist was subsequently arrested.