Two women die fighting over man

Two women quarrelling over a man at Akyem Kusi, near Akwatia, in the Eastern Region, have died.

One of them, Monica Owusu, 26, was burnt to death when her rival, yet to be identified, poured petrol on her and set her ablaze.

After committing the act, the woman tried to escape from the scene but was given a hot chase by community members and lynched.

The bodies of the two women has since been deposited at the St. Dominic Hospital mortuary in Akwatia, for autopsy.

An eye-witnesses in the town who pleaded anonymity told The Ghanaian Times that, the two ladies were rivals dating a galamsey operator in the town.

The eyewitness said the other woman became embittered that the galamsey operator had abandoned her for Monica and therefore, went to the man’s house to meet her.

The eye-witness said angered by seeing Monica, she went away quietly and returned shortly with a container of petrol which she emptied on her rival and lit a match, burning her to death.

After her act, she tried to run away, but a mob, realising what she had done, caught up with her and dragged her through the town before lynching her.

The police, upon a tip-off, rushed to the scene and fired gun shots to disperse the mob.

The Eastern Regional Police Public Affairs Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Yaw Nketia-Yeboah, who confirmed the incident to The Ghanaian Times said the incident happened yesterday at about 11 a.m.

He said policemen had been dispatched to bring sanity into the town and were conducting investigations into the matter.

From Ama Tekyiwaa Ampadu-Nyarko, Koforidua

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