Man murders wife, buries her in a shallow grave; 3 in police grip

A 33-year old man who murdered his wife and had her buried in a shallow grave at Joma, a village near Weija in the Greater Accra Region is in the grip of the Police.

Simon Laari is said to have assaulted and dragged his 49-year old wife on a foot path till her death for using money given her to buy cigarette for a drink.

The man reportedly left the body of the woman, Esi Brukuwaa, at a farmhouse where they live and fled to Kwahu-Praso in the Eastern Region.

Three other accomplices [names withheld], two of whom have been arrested by the Police, were said to have gone for the remains of the woman, buried it in the farm. The Police has launched a manhunt for one suspect who is on the run.

Meanwhile, the Anyaa Police Command and a pathologist from the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital on Thursday took the suspects to the crime scene to exhume the remains of the body.

The exhumation followed a warrant issued by a court in Accra upon a request by the Police

Briefing journalists after the exhumation, the Anyaa Police Commander, DSP Christian Kpordzi, said they received information on June 19 that a man had killed his wife, and some people have gone to burry the body.

He said the Police immediately began investigations into the matter, and noted it emerged that the man sent the wife to go to the Joma village to buy him a cigarette.

DSP Kpordzi said the woman instead of buying the cigarette, used the money to buy a drink for herself. The man, who met the woman halfway, became “offended and assaulted the wife in the presence of a witness. After that he started dragging the wife on a path to the village”

“Along the line, he removed the trousers the woman was wearing and tied it around her neck and continued to drag her”, DSP Kpordzi narrated

He said the man fled to Eastern Region but they later received a call from Kwahu-Praso that he had been arrested.

On the identities of the accomplices, he said: “We have not finished investigations. If after investigations and someone is charged, then we can mention names. Their rights are very much of importance now”.

Dr. Robert Kumordzi who exhumed the body from the site said their work was to determine whether there were human remains in the grave and to identify those remains as well as if possible, establish the cause of death.

“At this stage, there appear to be some remains in the grave that we found. I cannot confirm at this stage that they are human,” he said, adding that it could take between weeks and months.

By Stephen Kwabena Effah/
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