Police investigate alleged butchering of woman, suicide by husband

The Afienya District Police Command is investigating alleged butchering of Lydia Amponsah Akoto, 46-year-old petty trader, by her husband, on Tuesday.

The police are also probing suicide by the suspect, Thomas Kontoh, 50-year-old  trotro driver, who is the husband of the woman.

The District Police Commander, Superintendent Emmanuel Nii Annan Ofori, in a telephone interview with the Ghanaian Times, said a crime scene investigation team from the Tema Regional Police Command, had conveyed the body of the woman to the Police Hospital mortuary, in Accra.

He said a machete-stained with blood, believed to have been used in the killing of the woman, was found in an uncompleted house.

The landlord of the woman, Rogerx Odomple, who spoke with the Ghanaian Times in a telephone interview, said the incident happened at Jerusalem Number 8, near Zenu in the Kpone Katamanso District of the Greater Accra Region, and not in his house.

The landlord said the couple had been engaging in misunderstandings, which he has been invited to settle.

Mr Odomple said Akoto at times go to sleep in an uncompleted house, which was about 200 metres from the rented apartment and only returned home when the situation became calm.

He said the night before the incident, the couple had a misunderstanding again, and the woman moved into the uncompleted house on Tuesday dawn, and the suspect allegedly went there and butchered her.


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