Yaw Acheampong, a taxi driver has been arrested by the police in Obuasi for allegedly setting his ex-lover and rival ablaze while they slept.
The suspect is said to have out of jealousy set the room in which the two lovers were sleeping on fire after his ex-lover, Yaa Serwaah, alias Attaah, had called off their 13-year-old relationship.
Acheampong and Yaa Serwaah had cohabited for almost 13 years and had a twelve year old son from the relationship until a month ago when the woman quitted the relationship and moved in with Yeboah.
The Obuasi District Commander of Police, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Matthew Asante, who spoke to Graphiconlie said the incident occurred at around 2 am on October 26, 2015.
The police had information that a house at Nyamesom, a suburb of Obuasi was on fire and the emergency services were called in to assist.
He said one male aged 30 who was later identified as Akwasi Yeboah and a lady, Yaa Serwaah, aged 29 were badly burnt in the fire and were rushed to the Anglo Gold Ashanti Hospital but later referred to the Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi due to the severity of the injury.
According to the police, the two were on admission until Wednesday, October 29, 2015 when they both gave up the ghost.
He said the police initially treated the issue as a normal fire incident until the mother of one of the deceased, Yeboah reported to the police that she suspected Acheampong, to be the brain behind the fire.
It was while the woman was lodging her complaint at the police station when the said taxi passed in front of the station coincidentally, whereupon Yaw Acheampong was arrested at the signal of the complainant.
He said Acheampong, the ex-lover of Serwaah though admitted that they lived together as a couple, but were not legally married until a month ago when she moved out of the house. He, however, denied ever setting the room on fire.
The police are still holding him as the prime suspect and would soon process him for court to have him remanded to enable the police complete its investigations.