The court, presided over by Robert Addo, remanded 37-year-old Gideon Abotsi in prison custody to reappear on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, to allow the police to continue with their investigations.
Residents of Kpeyiborme, in the South Dayi District of the Volta Region, were panic-stricken when Gideon Abotsi allegedly slashed the throat of his third born, Sitsofethe only boy among his four kidstill his head got severed.
Prosecuting, Sheila Odai told the court that last Friday a complainant, John Ahiable, who is the father of the accused, reported the horrific incident to the Peki police.
She said the complainant in his statement, indicated that he was in the farm when some neighbours rushed to inform him that his son had killed his own son, Sitsofe Abotsi.
The prosecutor asserted that Ahiable said he immediately rushed to the son’s house only to discover that his grandson was dead and lying in a pool of blood. According to him, Gideon had been tied up by neighbours to prevent him from running away.
Some minutes later, Ahiable said the police came to pick Gideon to the Peki Police Station after he had been captured by angry youth.
Speaking to DAILY GUIDE at the weekend, some residents in the area revealed that Gideon is a suspected Indian hemp farmer. According to them, the suspect and his wife had been married for 11 years with a series of misunderstandings over the upkeep of their four children in recent times.
This led to the woman allegedly packing out of her matrimonial home to stay with her mother-in-law. Angered by the turn of events, Abotsi was said to have gone to his mother’s house, picked his son home and allegedly chopped off the head.
He then absconded after sensing danger, but was chased by some youth of the town and arrested. He was later handed over to the police.
Meanwhile, the Peki District Police Commander, DSP Jonas Agbevam, has said arrangements were underway to let the traumatised mother of the boy and her other children undergo psychological counseling. He disclosed that the body of the deceased had been sent to the Police Hospital for autopsy.
From Fred Duodu, Ho ( [email protected] )
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