Man, 26, held for beheading palmwine tapper

The Nkoranza Police have arrested a 26-year-old man who allegedly beheaded a 50-year-old palm-wine tapper, for ritual purposes.

Superintendent Alhaji Maama Arhin, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Police Crime Officer, confirmed the incident to the Ghana News Agency in Sunyani but said the suspect, Prince Kwadwo Owusu, was yet to be brought to the Regional Police Headquarters for further interrogation.

Supt. Arhin said Owusu went to Kamara Mossi, the palm wine tapper’s farm at Ahyiayem, near Nkoranza, and hit him with a piece of wood from behind.

Mossi fell unconscious, Owusu then beheaded him, put the head in a sack and dumped the body in the bush.

Some people met Owusu coming from Mossi’s farm, with the sack soaked with blood, and with blood in in his shirt.

The people became suspicious and confronted him over the content of the sack, to which Owusu answered it was bush-meat.

The people, unconvinced, took the sack from him and discovered Kamara’s head in it.   They arrested and took him to the Nkoranza Police Station.

Upon interrogation Owusu admitted the offence, and led the police to the crime scene.

The body of the deceased has been deposited at the Nkoranza Saint Theresa’s Catholic Hospital, for autopsy.

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