Police in the Ashanti Region have arrested a 41-year-old woman who contracted a man to kill her business partner in Kumasi.
The suspect, Joyce Antwi, who is a trader and a resident Buokrom Estate, and her intended victim are business partners who trade in plywood at Akwatia Line, a suburb of Kumasi.
Joyce, in October 2015, collected an amount of GHS99,000 (about 22,706 US dollars) from the victim to fund her business with a promise to pay back. The victim in April 2017 approached the suspect and gave her a June 2017 deadline to settle the amount.
According to police, the victim wanted to invest the money in her business since life was becoming difficult for her. The suspect agreed to pay back the money by the stated deadline. On Tuesday, 23rd May, 2017, the suspect approached the complainant and contracted him to murder the victim for a fee of GHS5000.
The complaint agreed to the offer and was given a part payment of GHS2500 (about 573 US dollars), promising to provide the balance after the job was executed. On Friday 26th May, 2017, Joyce picked the complainant to the residence of the victim at Buokrom Estate since her husband and children were not present at that time.
The complainant then alerted the police who on Saturday 27th May, 2017 went to the victim’s residence and asked her to invite the suspect over. The suspect was arrested two hours later when she showed up.
Addressing a news conference, Ashanti regional police commander DCOP Ken Yeboah said Joyce confessed in her caution statement of contracting the complainant to commit the act.
He said the suspect is in police custody assisting in investigations and will soon be prosecuted.