Emotions took the better part of two middle-aged suspects who allegedly murdered two of their relations in separate incidents at Atwima Techiman in the Ashanti Region and Agona Nkum in the Agona West municipality in the Central Region.
In the first instance, a 55-year-old security man allegedly murdered his niece, Akua Frimpomaa, alias Abiba, in cold blood when he slashed her throat in a night attack at Atwima Techiman, near Kumasi, on Monday.
Preliminary police investigations revealed that the attack was linked to the suspect's opposition to Frimpomaa's amorous relationship with a certain man in the community.
The suspect, Stephen Owusu Afriyie, aka Wofa, a private security man with a financial institution in Kumasi, is alleged to have attacked his 42-year-old niece in her room about 11pm when she was asleep.
A family source told the Daily Graphic that Madam Frimpomaa, a mother of five, lived with the suspect in the same house at Atwima Techiman.
The woman, who was a petty trader, was the one who cooked for Afriyie, since he was not married.
Sympathizers who were attracted to the scene assaulted Afriyie, causing severe injuries to him, before they handed him over to the Sofoline Police around 12.30 p.m. yesterday.
The police, therefore, had, to rush the suspect to the Intensive Care Unit of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) where he , is currently receiving medical attention under guard.
The body of Frimpomaa has been deposited at the KATH mortuary pending autopsy.
Briefing the Daily Graphic, the Ashanti Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mr Mohammed Yusif Tanko, said the police had started investigations to determine the immediate event that triggered the alleged murder of Frimpomaa.
In the second case, a 44-year-old man, Kwame Twum, found himself in the grip of the Agona Nyakrom District Police for allegedly murdering his 16-year-old stepdaughter at Agona Nkum.
The deceased, Janet Arthur, a Class Six pupiI of the Agona Nkum Presby Basic School, is said to have accompanied her stepfather to the farm on December 21, 2012 but never returned home.
Her body was discovered by one Mensah Torsu on Sunday, January 6, 2013 when he visited his farm, where he found the decomposed body of the deceased buried on his plantain farm situated close to Twum's farm.
The body, when exhumed, had the two arms and the foot bones missing and the police are awaiting the outcome of an autopsy.
The Agona Nyakrom District Police Commander, Superintendent Joseph N.K. Ackah, who confirmed the incident to the Daily Graphic on Monday, said the girl, popularly called Maame Yaa, was reported missing on December 21,2012.
Since then, all efforts to trace her proved futile until her decomposed body was found buried on a farm.
He added that Torsu, who is a witness in the case, discovered the body on his farm and quickly informed the landowner about it.
The two of them notified the Ebusuapanyin of the town and later alerted the police.
The police, after initial investigations, arrested Twum at his workplace.