A 42-year-old farmer suspected of murdering two other farmers on their farms at Anuuso, near Patrensa in the Asante Akim North district of the Ashanti Region last Friday, will be arraigned today.
The suspect, Kwabena Nazar, is alleged to have beheaded the farmers, Kwaku Agyapong, 52, and Kweku Dogbe, 60, on the evening of Friday at a cottage on their cocoa farm.
After murdering the farmers, the suspect allegedly beheaded the first and second deceased persons and placed the heads besides their bodies.
When he was arrested from his hideout at Abosomdwa, a suburb of Konongo, the suspect, according to DSP Richard Anaba Salifu, the Konongo District Police Commander, confessed killing Agyapong.
He said upon further interrogation, the suspect again confessed that he had also killed Dogbe, a farm labourer who worked for Agyapong’s sister, and had hidden the body in the bush.
The district police commander noted that the suspect claimed he decided to kill the second person because he caught him red-handed committing the crime.
DSP Salifu told Daily Guide in a telephone interview that the suspect was due town.
He emphasised that the suspect, who is still in custody, would however be arraigned Wednesday for a remand sentence to enable the police to complete their investigations.
DSP Salifu disclosed that post-mortem examination had been completed and that the bodies of the deceased had been released to their families for burial and funeral rites.
The suspect’s father, the police gathered, had been in a protracted land dispute with the first deceased, Kwaku Agyapong, for about 30 years and that the matter even went before court where the court allegedly ordered him to vacate the said land and pay compensation to the suspect’s father.
In spite of the alleged court order, the first deceased, the police gleaned, continued to occupy the land in question till the death of the suspect’s father some six years ago.
The death of his father did not deter the suspect from continuing the litigation, as the suspect allegedly told people that he would teach the first deceased a bitter lesson.
In pursuance of his agenda, the suspect trailed the deceased to his farm, attacked and killed him before beheading him.
Realising that Dogbe, who was then heading to the room of Agyapong, had seen what he was doing, the suspect attacked the second deceased and killed him in the same fashion.