A third-year Banking and Finance student of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) was yesterday allegedly stabbed to death by her boyfriend after she had threatened to jilt him.Follow @Graphicgh
The victim, identified as Jennifer Attieku, 20, is said to have befriended the suspect, identified only as Paul, a taxi driver.
Paul is said to have stabbed himself in the abdomen after eyewitnesses and passers-by had raised an alarm while the victim fell from the wounds sustained from the attack.
The incident, which happened in an open space near the Alpha Medical Centre at Madina Estates about 8 a.m. yesterday, attracted many people, with some calling the police.
The victim and her boyfriend were both taken to the Alpha Medical Centre unconscious, where the medical personnel managed to resuscitate Paul but pronounced Jennifer dead.
Threat of life
An elder brother of the deceased, Alfred Attieku, said Jennifer had informed him about a threat by her estranged boyfriend to kill her if she did not reconsider her decision to break up with him.
He said he, therefore, went to the Legon Police Station to file a complaint about the threat and Paul was subsequently arrested.
Mr Attieku said Paul was, however, granted bail, only for him to receive a call yesterday that his sister had been stabbed by a taxi driver who turned out to be her boyfriend.
Briefing the Daily Graphic, the Accra Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mrs Effia Tenge, said the Madina Police received a call that a man had stabbed a woman near the Alpha Medical Centre after the two had engaged in a scuffle.
When the police arrived on the scene, she said a woman was found with deep knife cuts on her head, throat and left breast, while the man, who was said to have stabbed himself in the abdomen, was found with the bloodstained knife lying close by.
Preliminary investigations by the police, she said, established that Jennifer, who had reported a case of threat against her life by her boyfriend on November 10, 2015, was on her way to school from her hostel when the incident happened.
She said although the police arrested the boyfriend when they received the threat complaint, he was released on police enquiry bail on November 11, 2015 and traced Jennifer to her hostel, since she had refused to answer his calls.
The two are believed to have engaged in an argument at the private hostel where Jennifer lived, which was not far from the scene of the stabbing.
The police have since retrieved the kitchen knife which they described as “new and sharp”, while the body of the victim has been deposited at the Police Hospital morgue for autopsy.
Paul is currently receiving treatment at the Alpha Medical Centre, where he is being guarded by policemen.
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