Palm wine tapper remanded for murder

THE Half-Assini Magistrate’s Court in the Western Region, last Friday remanded a 40-year-old palm wine tapper in police custody for killing his fiancée, Madam Kaku Ermah, a trader at Samenye, near Mpataba.

The accused from Tandane, near Nkroful, in the Ellembelle District, is on a provisional charge of murder. His plea was not taken and the court, presided over by Mr. Abdul Majid Illiasu, remanded him until Friday, June 12.

Prosecuting, Sergeant Isaac Ebo Otoo said the woman had been in a relationship with the accused for about two years.

He said the accused distilled Akpeteshie for the fiancee to sell, but he had, of late, felt discontented with the sales made by the woman.

According to the prosecutor, on Saturday, May 23, the woman took 20 mini-gallons of the liquor to sell at the Jaway-Wharf Saturday market, near Half-Assini, but could not render proper accounts to the accused.

That resulted in a confrontation between them on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, but the case was resolved by the deceased’s brother, Ezonle Kanrah.

The prosecutor said the accused, dissatisfied with the settlement, woke her up at about 1:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 28, and demanded the money, which she promised paying on Monday, June 1.

The accused then demanded sex with her, but she refused, claiming the accused could not pretend to love her and yet demand the last pesewa she owed him.

Sergeant Otoo said the accused not happy with her refusal, used force to have his way and in the process, held her neck to prevent her from raising the alarm, and she became unconscious.

She was rushed to the Nana Benie Memorial Clinic at Menzezor near Aiyinasi in the Ellembelle District and was referred to St. Martin De-Porees Catholic Hospital, Eikwe, but died on the way, around 3:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2015.

The prosecutor said the accused sensing danger over the untimely death of his fiancee, fled into the bush but was arrested at Mpim, about 10 kilometres away, by a search party and sent to the Mpataba Police Station where he was transferred to the Police District Headquarters, Half-Assini, to assist with investigations.

He said the accused admitted the offence in his caution statement.


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