Man arested for terrorising town

A man who went on a boozing spree and later resorted to indiscriminate shooting in an attempt to kill a neighbour, has been arrested by the police.

Yaw Boadu, a native of Akyawkrom, in the Ejisu municipality of the Ashanti Region, was said to have gone round the town firing a gun indiscriminately, as he dared a neighbour, Kwadwo Yeboah, to come out of his shell.

Some neighbours reported the incident to the police who arrested him on May 13, two days after his drinking and shooting spree.

At the Ashanti Regional Police Command last Thursday, Boadu blamed his behaviour on too much intake of alcohol and pleaded with the police for mercy.

“Aow, it is the alcohol”, he said in a low voice, looking up at the ceiling and then down, while shaking his head at each point.

“I took it too much. I was out of my senses, and I listened to bad advice from friends. I am sorry, please forgive me and do not send me to court,” he pleaded with the police

“I was drunk I was totally drunk; I lost total control of my senses. I did not know what came over me,” he added.

The Deputy Ashanti Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Ampofo Duku, Boadu, told The Times that during a search of Boadu’s room, the police found the locally-manufactured pistol with the 7BB cartridges hidden in a sound system.

According to the police, Boadu had a misunderstanding with Yeboah about a month ago, and threatened to teach him a lesson.

After a funeral in the town on May 10, Boadu went on a drinking spree and at about 9:30 p.m., he armed himself with a machete and a locally manufactured pistol and paraded the town, daring Yeboah to come out, while firing indiscriminately.

He has been charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition without authority, and will be put before court.

From Kingsley E. Hope,Kumasi    

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