Afua Badu leaving the court yesterday
THE WOMAN who allegedly set ablaze a house, killing three people including her estranged husband, Peter Amos Asorbayire at Dome CFC in Accra, has been put before the Adjabeng District Court on a murder charge.
The plea of the accused person, Efua Badu aka Samankwanim, was not taken when she appeared before the court presided over by Isaac Addo.
The prosecution informed the court that investigations had been completed and sought to have the accused person remanded.
The prosecutor informed the court that they were about to forward a duplicate docket to the Attorney General?s Department for advice.
The family members of the deceased were in court to witness the trial.
Following this submission, the presiding magistrate remanded her into custody to re-appear on February 17.
The other victims were the new wife of Peter Asorbayire and her child.
The accused person had allegedly, out of jealousy, committed the horrendous act around 1:30am of Monday when the couple was fast asleep in their two-bedroom uncompleted apartment.
The deceased persons had been identified as Peter Amos Asorbayire, 35, Felicity Asorbayire, 25, and their two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Sarah Asorbayire.
Two other relatives of the deceased, namely Tanko Asorbayire, 28, and Michael Anguri, 25, who slept in another room, however managed to escape from the blaze unhurt.
Giving facts of the case, ASP Atimbilla told the court that the accused person, Afua Badu, in a jealous rage, set her husband, Peter Amos Asobayire?s house in Tantra Hill on fire, as he, his second wife and child were sleeping.
The charred bodies of the three were deposited at the Police Hospital morgue for examination.
The police had information that there was a fire outbreak at a settlement at Dome CFC and immediately proceeded to the scene around 1:00am.
After putting out the fire around 2:00am with the help of personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service, they identified three charred objects suspected to be human bodies and therefore called for help from the Homicide Unit of the Ghana Police Service.
According to the prosecution, the police initially thought it was a mere fire outbreak but with the assistance of the Fire Service, they were able to trace the incident to arson.
Investigations conducted by the police revealed that Efua Badu, a former wife of Peter, with whom she had two children, had a hand in the fire incident.
The police said when she was picked up, Efua also had some burns in the right arm and face.
Upon interrogation, she broke down in tears and confessed, after which she asked for forgiveness.
Family members of the deceased, who showed signs of anger, thronged the court premises to witness the trial of the accused person, who was shabbily dressed with a scowled face, as she took her seat in the courtroom.
By Mary Anane