The Homicide Unit of the police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has apprehended a 37-year-old taxi driver who bolted a year ago after allegedly pouring acid on his wife at Teshie Tsui Bleoo, a suburb of Accra.
The suspect, Yaw Frimpong Adarkwa, allegedly poured the acid on the victim on suspicion of infidelity.
He was arrested on July 17, 2015 – almost two years after the act had been committed – and is currently in the grips of the police.
The Director General of CID, COP Prosper Kwame Agblor, who revealed this to DAILY GUIDE, said the couple were married for 14 years and had three children who are all boys.
The victim, identified as Madam Joyce Frimpong, is a 32-year-old trader.
The two were residing at Teshie Malik, but in the latter part of 2013, there was a reported misunderstanding between them, resulting in a separation.
COP Prosper Agblor said the victim relocated to Teshie Tsui Bleoo with the children but the suspect was not happy and kept quarreling with her.
On January 13, 2014, at about 4:00 am Adarkwa was said to have ambushed the victim very close to her cosmetic shop and without any provocation, allegedly poured the concentrated acid on the right side of the scalp and neck, resulting in severe burns.
Madam Joyce Frimpong showing her acid wounds
The victim raised an alarm and some Good Samaritans rushed her to the LEKMA Hospital, Teshie, for treatment but Adarkwa managed to vanish into thin air.
A report was later lodged with the Nungua Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) but the suspect was nowhere to be found.
Last year the victim appeared on TV3 television network to tell her story, compelling the CID headquarters to take over the case for investigations.
On July 17, 2015 he was grabbed at his hideout at Pain, a suburb of Teshie. In his caution statement, the suspect admitted the offence, and is being prepared for court.
By Linda Tenyah-Ayettey
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