Farmer jailed 20 years for murdering rival

DCOP Kwasi Mensah-Duku,  Western Regional Police CommanderThe Sekondi High Court, has sentenced, Shadrack Antwi, a 32-year-old farmer, to 20 years in prison with hard labour, for killing his rival, Kwaku Badu, 45, at Mframakrom near Bibiani, in the Western Region, in May 2013.
Antwi pleaded not guilty to the charge, but the court presided by Judge Mrs. Justice Hannah Taylor convicted Antwi.
The Senior State Attorney, George Sackey, asked the court to impose on Antwi severe sentence to deter other like-minded members of society.
He refuted convict’s defence that deceased attacked him with a machete, stressing “this is a well calculated effort by the accused to throw dust into the eyes of the court”.
Mr. Sackey said the deceased, was also a farmer resident of Mframakrom near Bibiani whilst the convict, Antwi, was also resident of Gyereso.
The court heard that Lydia Wirekoaa, was in a relationship with the convict, but, befriended Badu, when the relationship went sour, resulting in animosity between Antwi and Badu.
The prosecutor said, at about 11:55pm, on  May 10, 2013, while  the deceased and Lydia walked home, Antwi, attacked him (Badu) and inflicted cutlass wounds on the  neck, legs and wrist.
Mr Sackey said Badu bled to death.
“The convict fled the crime scene while the body was deposited at the Bibiani Hospital mortuary. Later, Antwi was arrested and after investigations charged with murder and put before court for trial,” he stated.
A prosecution witness, Dr. Alex Obeng, testified that he found deep laceration on the neck, (almost severing the head from the body) and on both arms and legs, stressing that “the cause of death was hemorrhagic shock due to massive bleeding from multiple cutlass wounds”.
Lydia also told the court that Antwi was her boyfriend for two years until they broke up  and she befriended the deceased, who often visited and accompanied her home after close of work.
She recalled that, on their way home, on May 10, 2013, upon reaching a section of the path near a cocoa farm, the convict attacked the deceased with a machete.
Counsel for convict, Nana Kondua, pleaded with the court to deal leniently with Antwi since she was a first offender.
Led by his counsel,Antwi stated that Badu  was rather the aggressor,  and claimed he was with Lydia, late in the night, on  May 10, 2013, when the deceased attacked him with a machete.

FROM CLEMENT ADZEI BOYE, SEKONDI

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