Boy, 9, Commits Suicide

Michael AsanteThe police are investigating the case of suicide by a nine-year-old boy who shot himself dead at Asofan, near Ofankor in Accra.

The deceased, Michael Asante, a Class Four pupil, was said to have shot himself with his father’s gun kept under a mattress in a provisions store operated by his mother.

The deceased, the son of Stephen Adomako, 31and Hagar Amponsah, 33, shot himself on the forehead and was found dead in a pool of blood.

Briefing The GhanaianTimes, the Achimota Mile 7 District Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Peter Ayembilla, said on Wednesday, August 20, at about 5 p.m., the Sowutuom Police handed over Adomako to the station.

He said during interrogation, Adomako told the police that his son shot himself with a locally manufactured pistol which was left in his house by armed robbers who attacked him about two years ago.

“According to Adomako, about two years ago, armed robbers attacked his house with guns and cutlasses, but on hearing a police siren, they run away leaving the gun and cutlasses behind,” he said.

He said Adomako claimed he gave the cutlasses to the Police but kept the gun for self-protection, adding that the gun has been under the mattress since the armed robbery attack.

Chief Supt. Ayembilla said the mother of the deceased, who is nursing a two-week-old baby, told police that she was cleaning his container when the deceased wanted to sleep and so she asked him to sleep beside two of his siblings who were sleeping in the shop.

According to her, while she was engaged in the cleaning, she heard a sound from the shop, “A few minutes after I had told him to sleep beside his siblings, I heard a loud sound so I rushed to where they were sleeping and saw my son lying down with blood oozing from his forehead with the gun on the floor”.

He said the mother shouted for help but when the child was sent to the hospital he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Chief Supt. Ayembilla said the body had been deposited at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital for autopsy while Adomako has been arrested by the police and charged with possession of a gun without authority.

He advised parents to be careful of where they keep guns and other instruments that might be dangerous or harmful to children, adding that children should be prevented from watching movies that involved guns.

By Agnes Opoku Sarpong   

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