Psychiatric patient kills his father

By Laudia Sawer

Tema, Sept 27, GNA – A 42-year-old psychiatric
patient on Wednesday, allegedly killed his 74-year-old father at Tema Community

Chief Superintendent of Police Stephen K.
Kwakye, Tema Community One District Commander, confirming the incident to the
Ghana News Agency, said the deceased, Mr John Edward, was pronounced dead on
arrival at the Tema General Hospital where he was rushed for medical care.

Chief Supt Kwakye stated that Seth Ofori, the
suspect, was a psychiatric patient who had been arrested severally for
threatening his father who he resided with.

He added that the Community One Police had
received numerous reports of threat against the suspect saying, his outfit had
arrested him on several occasions and sent him to the Pantang Psychiatric
Hospital for treatment.

According to him, Ofori was released to the
family from the hospital without the knowledge of the Police.

He indicated that on September 26, a similar
threat of harm report was made at the Community Police One station against him
by his father and he was subsequently apprehended.

Chief Supt noted that the victim later
returned to the station for his son informing the Station Officer that he had
hired a vehicle to send him to the psychiatric hospital.

The Station Officer however received a message
at about 13:00 hours that the suspect had hit his father’s head with an object
and as a result he had lost consciousness.

The District Commander said Police personnel
where discharged to the scene, arrested the suspect and took the father to the
hospital, but he was pronounced dead on arrival.

He stated that Ofori, who was currently on
detention at the Community One Police Station had to be handcuffed as his rowdy
behavior was a threat to other inmates.

He pleaded with authorities of the various
psychiatric hospitals to find a way of keeping such voilent psychiatric
patients for treatment and observation instead of releasing them to their
families as they could harm people.


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