Friday, June 11, 2010

HUMAN HEAD FOUND...On Cocoa farm (LEAD STORY, MIRROR, JULY 12, 2010)

From Kwame Asare Boadu, Goaso

THE severed head of a murdered man has been found buried in a shallow grave on a cocoa farm at Sakyikrom, near Asumura in the Asunafo North municipality of the Brong Ahafo Region.
It was wrapped in a black plastic bag and buried some few metres from where the body of the deceased, Yaw Peter, was discovered about three weeks ago.
Yaw, a farm labourer, was found murdered on the cocoa farm but with his head missing three days after he had gone for group farming, known in Akan as “nnoboa”, with others.
Earlier reports had alleged that the suspects had sold the head for GH¢20,000 to a buyer at a village near Mim.
According to eyewitnesses, a farmer working on his farm was attracted by a stench in the area.
Curiosity drove him to search for the source of the stench and, in the course of the search, he saw flies all over a plastic bag containing the head protruding from the grave,
The farmer went to Sakyikrom to raise an alarm, after which the police were informed to go and retrieve the head, which was in the early stages of decomposition.
Meanwhile, the key suspect in the murder, Dery Donkor, alias Bula, has been remanded in prison custody by a court in Goaso, while three others have been released on bail.
Dery was said to have admitted carrying out the heinous crime and the court decided to keep him in custody to enable the police to conclude their investigations.
The three others who have been released on bail are Jacob Atia, alias Paa Kojo, a purchasing clerk of a private cocoa buying company, Kofi Nsiah and Kwame Ketewa.
Shock and apprehension swept through Sakyikrom and its environs on May 14 when Yaw’s body was discovered with the head missing.
Yaw, a Dargati by birth, lived with his wife at a cottage near Sakyikrom where he worked as a farm labourer.
On May 11, 2010, the deceased joined Dery, Nsiah and Ketewa for the “nnoboa” activity on a farm but did not return.
Unable to establish what had happened to the husband, his wife rushed to Sakyikrom in search of him.
Members of the community organised a search party in the night but Yaw could not be found.
On May 14, 2010, a farmer in the area went to his cocoa farm where he was attracted to a stench and flies from a distance and, upon a search, Yaw’s remains, covered with cocoa leaves but with the head missing, were found.
A report was consequently made to the Unit Committee of the area, which followed it up with a report to the police.
The Goaso Municipal Police Commander, Superintendent Twumasi Ankrah, said Dery admitted taking part in the heinous crime and mentioned Atia as the one who had masterminded the crime.