‘The devil influenced my actions’ – Man who killed wife at Prang tells police


The Ghana Police Service has been detailing events that led to the death of Abena Jayon, the 30-year-old woman after she was attacked by her gun-wielding husband on Saturday, August 22, 2021.

The police at the Prang District Command which is investigating the case have revealed that the suspect, Yaw Muntom, 45, had married the deceased for about a decade and stayed with her at Lele, a surburb of Prang in the Bono Region, with their nine children.

Police say Muntom, who is said to have had series of disagreements with the deceased for sometime attacked her, when he realised he had not been served with supper, on that fateful day.

District Police Commander DSP Eric Awiadem who gave the account to reporters said the suspect claimed he was pushed by the devil to commit the crime.

“The man and the wife have been having some misunderstandings for quite sometime now. There was a funeral on [Saturday] which the deceased wanted to attend. She asked the husband for money but he refused. She later prepared a meal for the household and refused to serve the husband’s portion. This infuriated the husband who started another quarrel. Later in the day, the woman was cooking when the man shot at her.”

“He told us it was the devil that entered him and influenced his action”, DSP Awiadem was quoted by the CNR as saying.

Muntom is facing the Atebubu District Court and has been charged with murder.

He was remanded by the court during his first appearance on Monday to assist police investigations.

He will reappear on September 9, 2021.

This incident adds to the increasing cases of spousal abuse in Ghana.

In the Ashanti Region, a man shot and killed his wife at Asuofia Asamang in the Atwima Nwabiagya North District over similar circumstances.

Police in the region opened a murder-suicide investigations after the suspect also died while receiving treatment.


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