A 28-year-old carpenter at Dadako, near Awutu Bawjiase in the Awutu Senya District in the Central Region, has allegedly murdered his wife for denying him sex for the past 10 months.
The suspect, Adam Tokuyagna, was said to have attempted to have sex with his 23-year-old wife, Afia Ayisha, last Sunday after several denials, but the wife still refused to give in.
Adam allegedly took offence, picked a pinch bar and smashed his wife’s head, killing her instantly.
The suspect then ran into the bush with a nylon rope in an attempt to commit suicide, but in the process he fell from a tree and became unconscious.
To worsen his plight, army ants descended on him in his unconsciousness and devoured his body, leaving severe wounds all over him.
The Agona Swedru District Police Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr Anthony Nana Ekow Yawson, told the Daily Graphic that the suspect and the deceased had been staying together for some years now and were blessed with two daughters.
He said as a result of a misunderstanding between the couple about 10 months ago, Ayisha had since refused to have sex with Adam.
According to Mr Yawson, about 12:30 a.m. on July 14, 2013, the suspect had the desire for sex and, therefore, demanded to have sex with the wife, which was yet again turned down.
That, Mr Yawson said, infuriated the suspect who then picked a pinch bar and hit her head, leading to her death.
He said after perpetrating the dastardly act, the suspect rushed into the bush with the nylon rope to commit suicide.
He said the suicide mission failed when the rope the suspect used got torn and he fell to the ground.
According Mr Yawson, Tokuyagna became unconscious, paving the way for the army ants to prey on him.
He said some Muslim neighbours who were returning from morning prayers heard the cries of the suspect’s children and entered the house to inquire about what was happening.
When they entered the house, they found Ayisha lying on the floor in a pool of blood and they reported the matter to the police.
He said Adam, who regained consciousness after a while, got up and after realising that the ants had invaded his body, started running towards the house, but he was arrested by the residents and handed over to the police.
Meanwhile, the suspect has been arraigned before the Swedru Magistrate Court, presided over by Mr Kweku Baah Frempong.
He has been remanded in police custody to reappear on August 6, 2013.
The judge suggested to Adam that he could have found a girlfriend to satisfy his sexual desires when Afia was denying him sex, instead of killing her, because, after all, the two were not legally married.
Adam told the court that he initially had a lot of girlfriends he could have turned to but unfortunately the deceased had fought with them all, following which all of them had broken up with him.
His retort generated a lot of laughter in the courtroom.