By: Rita Kafui Nedjoh | Voltaonlinegh |
The Ho District Police Command has arrested a 54-year old farmer for the murder of his estranged wife on Thursday, May 16 at Hodzo-Aviefe, a suburb of Ho in the Volta Region.
The suspect identified as Emmanuel Dorpe who is a native of Hodzo-Aviefe had protracted marital problems with the deceased Vivian Dorpe which led to the separation of the two.
Speaking at a press briefing on the incident at the Volta Regional Police Headquarters in Ho, the Regional Commander, DCOP Edward Oduro-Kwateng narrated that, per an extract of occurrence recorded on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at about 7:30pm at the Tokokoe Police Station, the deceased Vivian Dorpe reported a case of assault.
According to DCOP Oduro-Kwateng, the suspect assaulted the deceased on Monday, May 13, 2019 over lack of maintenance of their children and the case was reported to the Tokokoe Police Station and further transferred to the Regional Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) with the suspect and the deceased summoned to report at the station on Friday May 17 for investigation.
He further said, the suspect on May 16, reported at the Regional DOVVSU in the company of one Philip Dorgbetor who claimed to be delegated by the chief of Hodzo-Aviefe to withdraw the case before the police.
The Regional Commander said this inappropriate arrangement caused the suspect to be formally arrested, cautioned and released on bail to Philip Dorgbetor to still report on Friday May 17, 2019.
The suspect on the same day after he was released, ambushed the deceased and killed her while on her way to church with their 12-year old son.
DCOP Oduro-Kwateng said further investigations revealed that the supposed intervention by the chief as mentioned by Phillip Dorgbetor and the suspect was a lie and also, the deceased in her statement to the police, failed to disclose the use of offensive weapons by the suspect during the attack.
He therefore advised the general public to make full disclosure on issues that affect them domestically for appropriate actions to be taken to avert avoidable incidents as this.