Date published: February 17, 2014
By John Bediako
Two tragic events struck the Michel Camp Barracks of the First Battalion of Infantry (1BN) at Tema last Friday.
First was the discovery of the bodies of two soldiers, a married couple, suspected to be murder and suicide, followed by the trapping to death of a toddler, when their room caught fire in the night.
Chronicle investigation revealed that Cpl. Fred Masremeh, 38, with the Pay office at Burma Camp, was married to Cpl. Antoinette Agbagba, 28, with the Air Force, and attached to the medicals unit.
The Chronicle learned that the home of the couple had not known peace after Cpl. Masremeh informed the wife that he had had an issue before their marriage, but failed to disclose to her when they were in courtship.
Cpl. Antoinette Agbagba had always been accusing her husband of womanizing, as a result of which she threatened divorce, and later packed a few of her belongings out of her marital home, and was staying with her mother.
Cpl. Masremeh, investigations unraveled, reportedly sent a number of emissaries to plead on his behalf for the wife to rescind her decision.
When the lady eventually agreed and decided to go back, she reportedly met the husband and another woman on their matrimonial bed.
Our sources at the barracks hinted that the husband, now feeling guilty, went to the lady and asked her to come and pack all her belongings out of the house, since she had decided to end the relationship.
On Wednesday, the 12 th of February, 2014, at about 1900 hours, Cpl. Antoinette Agbagba went to her matrimonial home, but was shot in the left rib by her husband, who then turned the pistol on himself and blew his head.
The ghastly incident was discovered on Friday, 1300 hours, when bad odour started emanating from the room. The door was subsequently forced open, only to discover the almost decomposed bodies of the couple. Lying at the scene was a pistol suspected to have been used in committing the dastardly act. Their bodies were removed and sent to the 37 Military Hospital for autopsy.
Barely few hours after that horrific incident, a seven-year-old class one pupil of the Garrison Primary School, Precious Maame Yaa Bediako Asare, the daughter of Sgt. Bediako Asare, also died when fire gutted their room at the barracks.
Available information indicates that the mother had travelled while the father went out to buy something for the kids. The Dodowa District Police Commander, Superintendent Kwasi Ofori, when contacted said police were investigating to ascertain the cause of death of the two soldiers.
He, however, said that the fire service has started inquisition to establish the cause of fire and that police will eventually take it from there. The public Relations unit of the Ghana Armed Forces also confirmed the death of the two soldiers and said the military would collaborate with the police to get to the bottom of the case.
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