Municipal Court to determine a wife's fate following the death of her husband
Bad luck can hunt you for the rest of your life, if you are not cautious. One bad luck, has rendered the life of a poor woman in the arms of the law, as her fate is about to be decided in the death of her husband. Christiana Adu-Gyamfi will face the Tepa Municipal court tomorrow morning, following the death of her husband last year. Christina who has already served over seven months in jail for remand, will know, whether she will be freed or jailed again. Her children believe only the Lord can intercede in her case, because without that, they fear their mother won't be given her freedom.
It was on February 18 2020, when fire destroyed the entire house of the Adu-Gyamfi's. Christiana was cooking beans and stew, for their evening dinner when the fire suddenly destroyed the whole house, murdering her husband in addition. Mr. Adu and the wife Christiana, has been together for almost twenty-seven years. They were blessed with two children before the official start of their marriage. And they were blessed with another child, after their marriage ceremony in 2003. Christiana and her husband has since been living in peace, until the 18 day of February last year.
She powered her gas stove on, and placed her silver bowl full of beans, and lighted the gas to cook the beans. Normally, beans take long to cook so she added lots of water, and other ingredients to make the cooking fast. Christina went to the balcony of the house, where her husband was seated, and together they sat sharing jokes and a bottle of orange juice. She forgot herself, and left guard the beans she was cooking on the gas stove.
All they heard was a loud sound, woo, and the whole house was on fire. Christiana suddenly remembered the beans, but couldn't tell the husband about it. The husband not knowing, what was wrong that lead to the loud sound, tried to find out for himself. He was trapped into the house, when the gas cylinder exploded. Christiana could not hold her tears, as fire servicemen brought the burnt remains of her husband. She blamed herself in her cries for the husband's death, not knowing, the family were taking note of her cries.
The Oyoko family which Mr. Adu-Gyamfi was a member, turned the case into a murder case, even before the fire servicemen delivered their report on the fire. The family blamed the death of Mr. Adu-Gyamfi on Christiana, and forced the Tepa divisional police command to investigate the fire report delivered by the fire servicemen. Christiana was arrested on the 28 day of March 2020, when police found enough evidence to prosecute her.
Christiana is been blamed for pushing her husband into the fire, though she did no such thing, by her own accounts of the story. Two sisters of the late Mr. Adu-Gyamfi, testified against Christiana that, the husband Mr. Adu-Gyamfi wanted a male child, and Christiana couldn't give him one. The man was eager to foster one male child outside his marriage, but the wife Christiana didn't allow that to happen. She used the fire as an excuse to set the man's death, so the man won't father another child outside. The sisters shared several times, where Mr. Adu-Gyamfi fought with Christiana on the issue, but Christiana refused the accusations.
Autopsy report on Mr. Adu-Gyamfi's body confirmed that, he fell and broke his rips, before the fire got to him. Because of that, the family used that against the wife, that she was the one who pushed the man into the fire. The family lawyer used the testimony of the sisters, to convey his message to the court against Christiana. Because the man wanted to have a male child outside, and Christiana was afraid of losing her husband to another woman outside, she used the fire to set the man up.
The plaintiff's case also included a second house the couple were building at Tepa Methodist Church area, and used that to strengthen their case. They believe the wife intentionally set their matrimonial house on fire and forced the husband inside, just for him to meet his death. So she can relocate to the other house, which is almost at furnishing. Christiana have not been able to express herself, in all the court proceedings they court has held for her case. She ends up crying every court day, because of what happened. The plaintiff lawyer for the family told the court not to have pity for her, because of the crocodile tears. The municipal court is scheduled to rule on the case tomorrow morning, whether they have been convinced with the family's case against the wife, or not. Mr. Adu-Gyamfi has since not been buried, and is still at the St. Monica's mortuary at Tepa
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