An illegal miner, who allegedly murdered his fifty year-old mother has been nabbed by the Nsueam District Police Command of the Western Region.
The suspect, Augustine Armah, 20, was said to have smacked the mother with a pestle.
Superintendent of Police, Jonas Kofi Agbevam, Nsueam District Police Commander, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview that, the deceased, Kyere Aso, a petty trader, lives with her son in Wassa Simpa, a suburb of Tarkwa.
He said the deceased and the son had petty squabbles between them and it was alleged that Aso cursed her son Armah that he would never be able to marry any woman.
Superintendent Agbevam said, the suspect who is unemployment due to the ban on small scale mining by the government has been scavenging for a lady to settle down with so that she could be his companion, but all yielded no result.
He said Armah attributed his plight to his mother’s pronouncement of curses on him.
He said in the late hours of Friday September 14, 2018, a similar quarrel ensued between them and the deceased repeated the same utterances.
Superintendent Agbevam revealed that Armah who was under the influence of alcohol went to the deceased and pleaded with her to revoke the curse on him.
According to him, Aso declined his request and this provoked Armah who went for a pestle and smacked her on the neck and bolted.
He said the deceased screamed for help and some neighbours rushed to her aid, and quickly sent her to the Dompim health centre, but she was pronounced dead on arrival.
The District commander said the police was informed around 2200 hours and the body was deposited at the Apinto government hospital morgue pending autopsy.
The police arrested Armah on the same day from his hideout and he is in police custody, with investigation ongoing. GNA