Story: Moses Dotsey Aklorbortu, Kajebil
BEASTLY instincts took the better part of a 28-year-old man when he allegedly butchered his estranged wife at Kajebil in the Ahanta West District of the Western Region yesterday morning.
The 26-year-old woman, Victoria Amoako, a mother of three who had separated from her partner, suffered her fate after she had been invited by the husband to his tailoring shop for money for the upkeep of their children, since he was about to travel out of town.
Without any provocation, the man, John Arthur, who had in the past accused the wife of infidelity and had expressed fear of losing her to another man, pulled out a well-sharpened machete and inflicted deep wounds on the neck, back, knees and wrists of the woman, killing her instantly.
According to the police, when Victoria reached the tailoring shop, Arthur offered her a seat and asked her to wait while he counted the money for her.
The woman, who was said to be sitting with her back towards the husband, did not see Arthur pulling the machete.
When the Daily Graphic got to the scene of the incident about 5:30 a.m., the victim’s body was lying in a pool of blood.
The incident was reported to the Kwesimintsim District Police Command, which moved in to begin investigations into it.
According to the police, the couple had been married for many years and were blessed with four children but one died.
They said the couple had everything going well until the man started accusing the woman of having multiple sexual affairs with other men.
That, according to the police, brought a lot of quarrels between them, a situation which marred the beautiful relationship.
According to them, efforts made to resolve the differences yielded no positive results and, as a result of the mistrust between them, the woman requested that they should be separated, since she was tired of the daily quarrels.
The police said the husband granted the request, without reneging on his responsibility to his children.
According to the police, since the man had been supporting the upkeep of the children, Victoria never anticipated that he had nurtured a plan to kill her when he invited her to his shop.
Victoria’s body has been deposited at the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital, while the suspect has been placed in police custody pending further investigations.