Police in Burkina Faso following murder of woman, suicide attempt by husband

The Assin South District Police Command last Wednesday asked Madam Comfort Mensah, a landlady at Assin Koforidua, to accompany a team to Burkina Faso, where her couple tenants hail from, to officially inform the families of the killing of the wife by the husband.

The 35-year-old farm labourer, is alleged to have butchered his wife and attempted to slit his throat.

The team, made up mainly of the police and leader of the Burkinabes in Assin Koforidua, and an interpreter, left for Burkina Faso, on Thursday.

The interpreter is to help unravel the reason behind the murder as the couples’ two sons, aged two and four, who witnessed the killing of their mother, speak only their local dialect.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Okyere Andam, the Assin South District Police Commander, who confirmed the story, told the Ghana News Agency that the police would go all out to ensure that Justice prevailed.

Last Tuesday, August 31, the police in Assin-Manso received a distress call from Assin-Koforidua, near Assin-Gyinabodie, about the gruesome murder, and rushed to the scene.

According to DSP Andam, the police discovered the body of the woman in a pool of blood, while the suspect, who after committing the act, attempted to commit suicide by slitting his throat was writhing in pain.

The suspect is currently responding to treatment at St. Francis Xavier Hospital, at Assin Fosu, under police guard, with the body of the woman deposited at the facility’s morgue while investigations continued.

However, Madam Diana Nketia, an eyewitness, who lives in the same house as the couple, told the police that the husband and wife returned from the farm in the afternoon of August 31, and went into their room to prepare for a funeral in a nearby community.

While in their room, the witness, who was in the bathroom, said she heard the woman shout for help and rushed out of the room with her hand chopped off.

The witness said her shouts did not yield much results as help came too late with the suspect threatening to harm anyone who would dare to go near him. – GNA

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