Crime & Punishment of 2014-01-22

Man beats wife to death over GH¢80

A 42- year-old pupil teacher has been remanded into prison custody by a Tarkwa Magistrate court for beating his wife Akua Gyetuah, 31, to death.

The suspect, Joseph Kwofie pleaded not guilty and will re-appear before the court on February 10.

Police Prosecuting Inspector Faustina Selestina Anaman told the court presided over by Madam Juliana Millicent Ocran that the suspect is married to the deceased who was a hairdresser for 12 years and they both have two children and reside at Tarkwa-Bremang near Bogoso in the Western Region.

She said on December 24, last year at about 0900 hours, Kwofie went to the deceased who lived with his grandfather, Nana Ampokwa and gave her an amount of 80 Ghana cedis to purchase Christmas dresses for the children and left.

Inspector Anaman said, on that same day around 1730 hours the suspect returned to the house to demand the money he gave to the deceased with the reason that he had already bought the dresses for the children.

The Prosecutor said Akua refused to refund the money and Kwofie became unhappy pushed her to the ground and subjected her to severe beatings with his legs and hands.

Inspector Anaman said the deceased fell unconscious and was rushed to El Shiva Clinic at Bawdie for treatment but she died shortly on arrival.

She said the suspect was arrested and detained for investigation.