From Kwame Asare Boadu, Kumasi
IN what police suspected to be suicide, a 14-year-old girl was found hanging in an abandoned carpenter’s shop near her residence in Kumasi.
The deceased, Boya Nzor, was a first-year pupil of the Armed Forces Junior High School in Kumasi.
Police said the deceased lived with her uncle who is a caretaker of a guesthouse.
On seeing the remains of the girl hanging, her uncle, Raymond Seidu, collapsed and was rushed to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) where he was treated and discharged.
Neighbours told The Mirror that the girl was found dead just about an hour after informing her uncle’s wife that she was going to study at the backyard.
According to the neighbours, the girl returned from school at about 4.30 p.m on February 3, and informed the uncle’s wife that she was going to the backyard to study.
About an hour later, the woman, who was inside the house, shouted out her name but there was no response.
She then decided to go to the backyard to find out what was happening and to her surprise, she found the girl dead.
A rope was tied to her neck as her remains hanged from a wooden bar in the abandoned shop. There was also a bench just beneath her.
The woman shouted for help and it was at that point that the uncle rushed to the scene, only to collapse on seeing the girl.
A report was made to the police who rushed to the scene but when they got there the body had fallen from the bar to the ground.
The remains were conveyed to the KATH morgue for autopsy.
When contacted, the Ashanti Regional Police Public Relations Office confirmed the incident and said investigations were continuing into the matter.
Officials also advised parents to pay particular attention to the movements and behaviour of their children and wards, and also counsel them to ensure that they avoid such acts.