The Duayaw Nkwanta District Magistrate Court presided over by Akusa-Ma Augustine, yesterday remanded into prison custody the young man who allegedly beheaded his cousin at a village near Yamfo in the Tano North District of the Brong-Ahafo Region on Saturday.
The accused, Sali Salifu, 24, will re-appear on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, having been charged with murder after allegedly severing the head of his cousin, Alimatu Awuni, 36.
Speaking to DAILY GUIDE on Monday, the Duayaw Nkwanta District Police Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police Stephen Awuah Baffour, said the suspect claimed that he and the deceased had been in a grudge for some time now.
DSP Awuah Baffour indicated that the accused person mentioned to investigators that his cousin had threatened to kill him and so he decided to kill her first.
The district police commander denied public assertions that Sali Salifu was mentally ill. According to him, the police found out from their investigations that the accused was mentally sound, adding that his motive was to eliminate his cousin to prevent her from rather killing him.
The grudge, according to DSP Awuah Baffour, compelled the deceased to leave the Rubi village, close to Koope near Yamfo, sometime ago to put up with her brother in-law, one Kwaku Wusu, at Asuadei, a nearby village.
He said the deceased and the brother in-law only returned to Rubi a day before the incident, thinking that the grudge between her and the accused person had subsided.
Sali Salifu, it will be recalled, on Saturday afternoon allegedly slaughtered Alimatu at the time she was eating in their kitchen.
Kwaku Wusu, who was called to the scene, managed to grab Salifu and with the support of others, overpowered him, took away his machete and handed him over to the police.
The severed head and the remains of Alimatu are currently being kept at the St John of God Hospital.
FROM Fred Tettey Alarti-Amoako, Sunyani
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