Initial police investigations have revealed that the 38-year-old landlord who shot and killed his tenant, Spark Benjamine had some disagreement over a woman.
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In an interview on Accra-based Peace FM, DSP George Asare, of the Mile 7 District Police Commander disclosed that Victor Stephen Nana Kankam (landlord) amongst other issues had an unhealthy relationship with the deceased.
DSP Asare said the landlord showed romantic interest in a woman the deceased was very close to, and asked the deceased for help to win the woman’s affection.
"Information reaching us is that the landlord is a womanizer. Another lady also confirmed that indeed, he is into lots of women. The landlord told the tenant that he likes a certain woman who he was very 'free' with, so he (the deceased) should 'link' him to the girl," DSP George Asare stated.
He further revealed that the deceased succeeded in assisting the landlord spark a romantic affair with the lady. However, the deceased liaised with the lady to milk the landlord dry, as she requested for several sums of money and gifts from the landlord.
"The deceased agreed to connect the two of them, and the girl, with assistance from the deceased spent lots of the landlord's money," DSP Asare added.
The landlord, having realized the ‘partnership’ between the deceased and the lady to empty his pockets, devised a way to take his revenge by ensuring that the deceased moved out when his rent was due.
The deceased, 31-year-old Benjamin Otchere in an argument with the landlord asked for enough time to pack out for the house after his rent expired on Sunday, May 24.
In the heat of the argument, the landlord who had an AK47 rifle on him, allegedly shot Otchere at close range injuring him seriously. He shot the deceased more than four times, targeting the penis, stomach, and chest area of his body.
DSP Asare also added that before the unfortunate incident, the deceased confided in a friend who is a police officer in the vicinity about threats he received from the landlord.
He concluded that further investigations will be done to unveil all the hidden truths.
Also the landlord has been remanded in police custody by an Accra court.
Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye also noted that 2,097 persons have since recovered.
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