The Konongo District Police Command are investigating a gruesome murder of one David Awalenga, aged about 42, a cocoa farmer,in a community at the outskirts of Konongo in the Ashanti Region.
The deceased is believed to have been slaughtered in his sleep in the brother in-law’s room, while his wife, a suspect in the case,is alleged to have left home at dawn to his death to market
The police are investigating whether Awalenga was lured to his death by his brother-in-law at Konongo or he committed suicide.
A relative to the deceased who identified himself as IddrissuAyuba told The Republic, the deceased who was resident in Sefwi in the Western Region, left his cocoa farming base upon an invitation by the brother in-law, MoroAyaba, to resolve a marital problem that the deceasedhad with the wife.
According to Ayuba, the deceased arrived atKonongo on October 14, this year,
and lodged with his wife’sbrother, Moro Ayaba, the prime suspect, in the case.
Three days later, on the 17th of October, at about 7am, Ayuba saidhe received distress calls from neighbours that David(deceased ) had been killed in the room where he was lodging with the wife’s brother and two other persons.
Ayuba said, upon receipt of the information he also informed other relatives and they all rushed to the Konongo District Police station where the case had been reported.
At the police station, he said he was told that Moro claimed he was in his separate room and heard the deceasedstruggling and rushed to the room, only to realize that, the deceased had committed suicide by slashing his own throat.
Ayuba explained that, it was also gathered that, Moro and his accomplices quickly took the dead body of David to a hospital mortuary that very morning before reporting the incident to the police.
While at the police station, Ayuba said, a man who claimed to be the landlord to Moro and his accomplices sought for their bail, but the police denied them bail.
He added that, when they (deceased relatives) insisted on going to the crime scene to ascertain the truth as to how their brother allegedly killed himself, the landlord resisted them going to the scene and suggested that they could only go to the crime scene the next day.
“It later took the intervention orders by the police for Moro’s landlord to allow us to visit the scene,” he added, stating further, ” what we saw at the house where they said, David killed himself, we were shocked but we have high confidence in the police to bring out the truth after their investigation.”
The wife of the deceased, Victoria, also claimed to have left the house where the husband was murdered in the early hours to Ejura market in the Ejura-Sekyeredumase Municipality and only got to know of her husband’s death after she returned home in the evening.
Without disclosing the content of the autopsy report, the family members said per information gathered from the hospital and the police, the pathologist report proved contrary to the claims made by the suspects.
Nonetheless, the family members of the deceased said, judging from the circumstance, the narration by the suspects and the pathologist report, they would not rule out a foul play in the death of their brother, David Awalenga (deceased).
The deceased, the relatives said, left behind a wife (Victoria) who is also a suspect in the husband’s death and seven children. He has also since been buried after autopsy report was obtained by the police.
Some family members who spoke to this paper described the deceased as a hardworking man, owning over 40 acres cocoa farm and other food crops, as well as domestic animals.
“He was a wonderful man with the biggest heart. He was always kind and welcoming to everyone. He always made the time to help others in need. He contributed a lot to theKusasi community and encourage peace and unity us,” a relative said.
But the wife who remained a suspect in the case claimed the late husband was abusive and always attacked her anytime he (deceased) took hard liquor.
She also claimed the late husband was been chased by some evil spirits and that anytime the evil spirits come upon him, he takes actions without consideration, stressing, he only becomes sober afterwards when the so-called evil spirits have left.
When the Police District Commander, Superintendent Julius KusehKpebessan, was contacted in the presence of the deceased family, he confirmed the case but added that investigation was ongoing.
According to the police commander, in the early dawn on October 17, the police received information that a man had killed himself on the outskirts community and policemen were dispatched to the scene.
He said when the police arrived, they realisedthat the body had already been taken away from the crime scene to a hospital morgue, so the police took imprints and other blood stains cloths in the room for investigations.
Supt. Kpebessan said, Moro, the brother-in-law to the deceased, the wife and another relative were quickly arrested and detained.
The District Police Commander explained that, after preliminary investigations, the two accomplices, thus the deceased wife(Victoria) and the other relative identified as Azuurewere granted police inquiries bail pending further investigations.
A forth suspect (name withheld) who is on the run, the Police said been sought after and vowed to smoke him out with deep throat investigations to face trial.
The Police Commander said the police are not ruling out foul play but insisted that the wife would be held up for further investigating, emphasizing,“We are following up a number of enquiries, but based on the information that we have, we don’t think the man killed himself when the supposed cutlass was placed far away from where they claimed the man was killed.”
The key murder suspect (Moro), the Commander added has been denied bail by the court and remanded in prison custody pending further investigations.