Houseboy charged with murder

Osman Yakubu, a Burkina Faso national, is to be arraigned in court today for the murder of her employer, former Principal of St. Monica Training College Mrs. Lucy Peprah Tawiah.

Yakubu, a house help, was alleged to have butchered her madam with a cutlass at her residence at Abelemkpe, in Accra, last Saturday.

The Tesano District Police Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Edward Tetteh, disclosed this to The Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday.

The police have established that Yakubu committed the heinous crime under the influence of drugs.

Giving further details, DSP Tetteh said arresting Yakubu was very tough for the police, adding that after killing Mrs. Tawiah, Yakubu locked the door to the room and kept on hacking the body and showing the bloodied cutlass to the police through the window.

He said when the police created a hole in the door, and put a stick through, Yakubu thinking it was a human hand, cut it.

DSP Tetteh said Yakubu also used Mrs. Tawiah’s cell phone to call the caretaker of her household Mr. Ben Semabia that he had killed her and that, he (Semabia) would be the next to be killed if he stepped into the house.

Mr. Semabia called the police, and when they were on their way to the house, Yakubu kept calling and threatening him with death.

DSP Tetteh said the police marshalled all the forces at their disposal, and broke into Mrs. Tawiah’s room to effect Yakubu’s arrest.

The arresting police officers, were however, also not spared, as Yakubu caught one of them Lance Corporal Emmanuel Latin, off guard, and blackened one of his eyes with heavy and deadly punch.

When The Ghanaian Times visited the house, blood stains were all over the place, even on all the steps from Mrs Tawiah’s room upstairs to the ground floor.

The identical twin sister of the deceased, Mrs Esther Hamilton, and other family members had been informed about her sister’s death.

The two other house helps, Michael and Roland, who also sustained matchete wounds when they tried to rescue Mrs. Tawiah from the suspect, are currently in stable condition at the Police and 37 Military Hospitals, respectively.

A taxi driver, Ronnie Djamson, who went to the house to rescue them, and was also butchered in the arm, has since been treated and discharged from the Police Hospital.


By Francis Xah & Anita Nyarko Yirenkyi

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