Crime

Mother, child, 3 others electrocuted

Five people, including a mother, and her a three-year-old boy, wereelectrocuted last Sunday during a heavy rainfall at Timber Market,  and Auntie Aku, near Sowutuom, all in Accra.

The deceased, were two females, Augustina Odoku, mother of the boy, and Comfort Commey, and three males, Sampson Adjei Owuraku, the boy, Eric Opoku, and  Elvis Takyi.

Augustina and her son were found dead in a wooden structure at Timber Market after the downpour, while the three others were electrocuted at ‘’Auntie Aku’’ near Sowutuom.

The Head of Public Relations of the Accra Regional Police Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Effia Tenge disclosed the tragedy to the Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday. 

She said on April 26, at about 10:30a.m the police received information that two persons had been electrocuted in their room at the Timber Market.

DSP Tenge said when the police proceeded to the scene, they found the bodies of a female adult and a male child lying dead.

She said when the bodies were inspected it turned out that there were no visible marks of assault on them.

“Further inspection at the scene revealed personal belongings including clothing which were partly burnt,” DSP Tenge added.

She said investigations revealed that during the downpour, the wooden structure in which they occupied was flooded, disrupting electricity supply resulting in the electrocution of the deceased.

In a related development, at about 11a.m at ‘Auntie Aku’ DSP Tenge said Commey, who went jogging, and went to seek refuge behind a drinking spot (container) was electrocuted during the downpour

She said Opoku and Takyi who were in the bar at the time of the incident went to her aid but to no avail.

DSP Tenge said the bodies have since been sent to the Ghana Police and Korle Bu Teaching Hospitals awaiting autopsy.

BY ANITA NYARKO-YIRENKYI

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