A fifty-four-year old woman, Theresa Nkrumah, has been remanded in prison custody for allegedly burning her husband and his girlfriend to death.
The accused, whose plea was not taken by Oda District Magistrate Count, will reappear before the court presided over by Mr. Kwesi Apiatse Abaidoo, on January, 8, 2019
The incident happened at Akyem Gyadam near Oda in the Eastern Region.
Bodies deposited in morgue
The body of the deceased man, 55-year-old Emmanuel Kwame Osam has been deposited at the morgue of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital while the corpse of his deceased girlfriend, Akosua Tiwaa aged 34, has been deposited at the mortuary of the Oda Government Hospital awaiting autopsy.
The facts of the case as presented by the prosecutor, Inspector Rosemond Mensah Aryee were that, for some time now, Nkrumah realised that her husband with whom she had three children, was flirting with Tiwaa and quarreled with them on several occasions but their relationship persisted.
Around 12:05 a.m. on December 13, 2018, while Osam and Tiwaa were fast asleep in the former’s family house, fire suddenly engulfed the bedroom through a window after an unidentified person had poured petrol into the room and lit a match to it.
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Door locked with padlock
When they tried to escape, the deceased persons detected that the door to the hall had been locked with red padlock so they started screaming for help.
As their scream attracted people in the house and broke into the room, they realised that the two persons were badly burnt so they rushed them to the Oda Government Hospital.
Tiwaa died immediately she reached the hospital so Osam was treated and was referred to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital for specialist attention the following day.
Osam dies at Korle Bu
Osam died around 11 p.m. on December 16, 2018 while on admission at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
A report was made to the Oda Divisional Police Headquarters and Nkrumah was arrested at Gyadam while she was selling her kontonte and soup.
While Osam was being sent to the hospital, he repeated several times that it was his wife, Nkrumah who had burnt them.
Padlock gives out accused
Even through Nkrumah in his caution statement to the police had denied knowledge about the arson, but police investigations revealed that she had bought the red padlock from a shop at Gyadam in the afternoon before the incident occurred. Meanwhile, the police have intensified their investigations into the matter.