Farmer dies in courtroom as his trial for murder begins

General News of Wednesday, 17 April 2013


Kofi Bock Takyi

The sixty-year-old farmer at Agona Nyakrom in the Central region, who was arrested at the weekend for allegedly killing his wife, by inflicting machete wounds on her, has also died.

Kofi Takyi, alias Kofi Bock died at the Agona Swedru District Magistrate Court room on Monday where he had been sent for trial.

He was there on a charge of murder.

Takyi had earlier been arraigned in the circuit court but for lack of jurisdiction, the case was referred to the Magistrate court.

A clerk at the Magistrate court, Mr. Richard Silee told Graphic Online the accused person who was in handcuffs and the investigator of the case came to the court at about 11:30am on Monday.

He said whiles they were going through the legal processes to enable the case to be tried Tuesday, since the court did not sit on Monday, the accused was asked to sit on a bench in the courtroom.

He said after some minutes, they saw the accused lying on the bench and assumed he was taking a nap.

He said after the investigator had completed the legal procedures to pave way for the case to begin the next day, he went to wake the accused up to be sent back to police custody but after patting him several times, he did not respond.

The accused was then rushed to the Swedru Government Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The Medical Superintendent of the Swedru Government Hospital, Dr. Dzodzegbe Apetorgbor told Graphic Online the accused was brought in dead and that his body had been deposited at the hospital’s morgue for autopsy.

Kofi Takyi and the wife, Ama Akomaa, 57, had been married for 15 years and according to the Police there had been a strained relationship between them after Akomaa threatened to divorce the husband.

On Thursday April 11, 2013, Akomaa obliged an invitation by her husband to harvest cocoa on their farm located on the Nyakrom to Inkum road.

Takyi however went ahead of his wife to the farm and that when Akomaa got to the farm, she carried some of the harvested cocoa to a designated place on the farm.

Upon Akomaa’s return to the site where Takyi was harvesting the cocoa, Takyi allegedly began to inflict machete wounds on the wife’s head, back and feet.

The wife became unconscious and later regained consciousness in the bush and decided to run for cover.

She managed to get to the road side with blood all over her body and was rescued by some passers-by, who quickly rushed her to the Nyakrom Health Centre but due to the critical nature of her condition, she was referred to the Swedru Government Hospital where she died later.

Takyi who bolted was however arrested the next day – Friday – by some civilians who had mounted a search for him.

He was picked up on the Nyakrom to Kwaman road holding a bag which contained a rope.

The Police suspect he had wanted to use the rope to commit suicide.

When he was arrested some angry youth attempted to lynch him but the police intervened and rescued him and placed him in custody until Monday when he was arraigned in court.

The bodies of deceased couple have all been deposited at the Swedru Government Hospital morgue for autopsy.