40-year old woman sentenced to seven years in jail for murdering her husband with bread
The circuit court of Oforikrom has served justice to the murderer of James Osei Tutu, who died on the 18 of October 2020. James was a financial accountant in one of the growing firms in Kumasi, before his death. James at the start of 2020, made a commitment to his wife Stephanie, to help her grow and become an independent woman. Stephanie has been a house wife for the past four years, all because she was nursing their three children who came simultaneously. In January 2020, Stephanie wanted to have her old life back, and at the same time having time for her children. She requested a business she could manage in her own, whiles still been there for the children and the family. She requested GH¢21,000 to start a business but James, pleaded with her to give him time to give the money.
James before the lock down in April 2020, gave his wife a total of GH¢14,000 out of the 21,000 but, he couldn't provide the rest and was sent on lock down. He struggled on few things, and requested the wife to support him with the money he gave her, so when the lock down is over, he will pay the rest. Stephanie according to court documents, was to help her husband with GH¢3000 from the 14,000 he gave her in April, with the aim of paying back. James was to give the money to her sisters to support their businesses, because the lock down was collapsing their trading.
Stephanie got mad as to why, she who requested for 21,000 has not been given. And yet, she should still give some of the 14,000 that was given to her, back to her sister in laws. Stephanie disagreed and later agreed to it when the two sisters of James, came to their matrimonial home in Oforikrom, to request for the money. James tried explaining things to her wife, before she gave back the 3000 the sisters were requesting. Things got out of hands for James in July, and he requested for divorce from his wife Stephanie, whiles they were having an argument.
Stephanie felt cheated on because she has sacrificed everything her marriage, whiles she didn't even get the business capital money she wanted. James felt if he doesn't divorce the wife, he will end up murdering himself because of accusations. James asked for divorce during a one time arguments with the wife, and only that was it. Stephanie couldn't stand the sight of her husband jokingly asking for divorce, and took his life on 19 August 2020. Stephanie knew she will only get half of their properties if the divorce went through, but if James dies, she and her children will get all the properties.
She didn't hesitate and took the life of her husband, on the morning of 19 August last year. She baked bread for the family, and poisoned the bread with weedicides. A weedkiller used for killing weeds. James was not serious when he asked for the divorce in the heated argument, he had with the wife. But Stephanie took it serious, and prepared the bread with the weedicide, that took the life of James. James' siblings, after the autopsy report conducted on James' body, alerted the Oforikrom police with the doctors report.
The police searched the entire house and discovered an agro chemical weedicide, which was later confirmed to be the same weedicides, used in murdering James. Stephanie confessed to police when she was arrested on 6 January 2021. She was arranged before court on the 13, and was given one month remand for police to investigate the case. Stephanie was brought back to the Oforikrom court room this morning, and begged for mercy from the sitting judge. She didn't want to hurt her husband, and was so much in love with him. But anytime they had an argument, her husband was the first to request for divorce. She was afraid her husband was going to divorce her, and in protecting herself and her children, she decided to take his life.
The court ordered for Stephanie's sister who volunteered to look after after the three children, to continue taking care of the children, whiles Stephanie went to prison to start her jail terms. James' sisters are to check on the children every two weeks and report back to the court, if they the children are unfairly treated. James sisters opposed to Stephanie's sister taking care of their brother's children, but the judge found her worthy of been available since the two sisters were busy with their market business. Stephanie will begin her Seven years term today, Monday 15 February 2021.
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