A man who killed his wife’s relative in a fierce struggle over sex has now been sentenced to death after five years of trial at a High Court in Tamale.
The convict, Nabinte Lokwai, 35, was sentenced to death by hanging by the court presided over by Justice Edward Apenkwah on Thursday, after a seven-member jury unanimously found the accused guilty of murder.
Northern Regional State Attorney, Qudus Salia, giving details of the crime said Lokwai was arrested by immigration officers near Ghana’s northern border with Cote D’ivoire on May 19, 2013, after he attempted to flee after stabbing to death his wife’s sister, Gbeno Yongbon, at Bale, a village in Bole Bamboi district.
Mr. Qudus narrated that the deceased was picking shea nuts at a farm on the day she was killed when the convict approached her and demanded for sex. The attorney added that when the deceased declined, the convict then stabbed the her multiple times after failed attempts to forcibly rape her.
The woman was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
3The convict was arrested while he was fleeing into the neighboring country and handed over to police in the district capital. He confessed killing his wife’s sister after the failed rape attempt.