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6 persons remanded over death of ‘Abusuapanin’



According to a newspaper report by The Chronicles dated May 18, 2023, the six persons are George Martey, 67, farmer; Nelson Anum Martey, 59, mechanic; Nii Marteye Martey Nathaniel, 39, businessman.

Michael Martey Morrison, 35, businessman; Thomas Martey, 34, Freelance Writer and Daniel Martey, 35, welder, all residents of Adjumador, were all remanded by the court presided over by Her Ladyship Siran Mahama.

The prosecutor, according to the report, while presenting the brief fact to the court, stated that the complainant, Martey Samuel Mensah, is a building contractor and the deceased, aged 70, was a Pensioner who lived in his eight-bedroom self-contained house at Adjumador.

The complainant, accused, and the deceased are all relatives of the Changha Martey Family of Adjumador, where the deceased is the family head.

The report added that one of the brothers of the deceased, George Martey, was not pleased with his headship of the family.

The accused, as a result, has been abusing and threatening the deceased without justification. The deceased shared a room with his 27-year-old daughter, Judith Merley Martey, a pharmacy assistant.

The newspaper went on to narrate that on November 1, 2022, during the day, all the accused people, aside from Daniel Martey and the witnesses Elizabeth Tetteh and Samuel Narh, appeared before the Tema Community 8 Police regarding a plot of land that was the subject of an investigation involving the accused people and the witnesses.

At the time of investigation by the police of the Community 8 station, George Martey announced himself as the family head of the Changha Martey Family of Adjumador.

Elizabeth Tetteh, who is the witness in the case, disclosed that the deceased was rather the family head and not George Martey. This led to exchanges between them.

The police scheduled them for another meeting on November 4, 2022, for George to produce his family head, Charles Martey Odam, who is now deceased.

The newspaper chronicled the series of events that transpired leading to the killing and subsequent arrest of the six persons below:

On November 1, 2022, Michael Martey Morrison, in the afternoon, contacted the complainant on the phone and registered his displeasure about the family headship and demanded to have a meeting with the complainant and the deceased.

On November 2, 2022, at 1:00 am, the witness, Judith Martey, was awakened by a sound from a gunshot but did not know the actual direction from which the gun was fired.

She woke up around 4:00 am, the usual time she began her daily chores and prepared to take her son to school and continued to Afienya, her workplace.

On the same day, at about 11:00 am, Judith received a phone call from her uncle, Quarshie Isaac Martey, to the effect that masons working for her father (deceased) had gone to the house to work but were unable to find her father.

Both Judith and Isaac rushed home, opened the deceased’s door, and found his lifeless body by the side of his bed in a pool of blood.

A complaint was lodged, and investigations were initiated. Two spent cartridges were retrieved behind the deceased’s bedroom window.

Police preliminary investigation disclosed that the death of the deceased was a result of the dispute over who becomes the rightful person to be the head of the family.

Crime Scene experts who visited the scene picked fingerprints and other evidence which are yet to be matched with those of the suspects.



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