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26.02.2006 Crime & Punishment

Alleged Rapist Dies In Hospital

By Graphic

The watchman at Agogo Collins Secondary Commercial College, Abu Doare Ziwore, who allegedly attempted suicide after he was said to have raped and killed a final-year female student at the college is dead.

He died on Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at the Agogo Presbyterian Hospital where he was receiving treatment following his suicide attempt.

The Ashanti Regional Police Commander, ACP Adu Poku, who disclosed this to the Daily Graphic, said the deceased was alleged to have suffered from urinal retention while on admission, and was, therefore, operated upon, but he did not survive the operation.

He said the death of the main suspect in the alleged rape case occurred at the Agogo Collins Secondary Commercial would seriously affect police investigations.

The Regional Police Commander explained that the police suspected that the deceased had other accomplices and were therefore praying that he would have recovered soon to provide useful information to help the police arrest them.

He said the removal of the breast of Ruth Odame and part of her sex organs indicated that the suspect did not act alone but had other accomplices who needed the parts.

Mr Adu Poku pointed out that the death of the suspect did not mean that the police would completely close the docket on the case, stressing that the police would continue with their investigations with all the seriousness it deserved, to unravel the mystery surrounding the removal of the breast and parts of the sex organs of the deceased student.

After Ziwore was implicated in the rape case which caused the death of Ruth, he was arrested and sent to the Konongo Police cells where he was detained, to assist the police in their investigations.

Alone in the cells, on February 13, 2006, he stood on a bucket, tied one end of his shirt around his neck and the other end to the ceilings before jumping off the bucket.

His action attracted the policemen on duty who rushed to the cells only to see Ziwore hanging on the ceiling and writhing in pains.

The deceased became unconscious afterwards and the police had to rush him to the Agogo Presbyterian Hospital where he was admitted, revived and put under 24-hour police guard.

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