A nursing mother at Enyan Abaasa in the Ajumako District of the Central Region narrowly escaped death when an assailant allegedly made unsuccessful attempt to strangle her. The motive behind the attack is yet to be ascertained, as police investigation progresses.
Miss Bebei Rhodala, 18, narrating her ordeal to The Chronicle via telephone, said on March 31, this year, she attended a Pentecostal Church convention held on the local Methodist School park to mark the Easter festivities.
According to the young lady, at about 11pm, and with than a year old her baby strapped to her back, she left the convention grounds for home. On her way, a man wearing a hood and a black attire pounced on her, held her neck and forced a handkerchief into her mouth to prevent her from screaming.
In the ensuing struggle, the baby dropped from her back and landed heavily on the ground crying. The assailant, she continued, then booted both her legs and forced her to drop to the ground.
He then pinned her down trying to strangle her. The traumatised young lady further told this reporter that she managed to hold a necklace her assailant was wearing and pulled it with all her might.
Unable to bear the pain, the man stopped strangling her and instead, struggled to liberate himself from the necklace around his neck. After freeing himself, the man removed the hood he was wearing and took to his heels.
According to Rhodala Mourid, a team of volunteers patrolling the vicinity later arrested the suspected assailant and handed him over to the Enyan Abaasa police for action.
At the station, the said volunteers gave the hood the suspect was wearing to the Station Orderly at the counter, who, after taking down the contacts of the volunteers, asked them to go and that the police would reach them if the need arises.
According to her, the assailant was later identified as Richmond Kwame Dantawa, a resident of the town.
The Omanhene of the Enyan Abaasa Traditional Area, Osagyefo Kwame Akonu, told The Chronicle via phone that though there was no official report to the Traditional Council, he called the police to ascertain the truth in the allegation, but was told that there was nothing serious to investigate.
The Paramount Chief, nevertheless, told the police to be very professional in the handling of the case, since it bordered on criminality.
The suspected assailant, Kwame Dankwa, upon his arrest gave his age as 17, but when he appeared before the Ajumako District Police Commander, DSP John Paul Akonde, he reportedly declared his age as being 16. The district police chief has, therefore, requested his birth certificate to substantiate the claim.
DSP Akonde did not deny an attempt by some persons in the town to have the case settled, but insisted that the victim should produce the witnesses in the case to enable police continue with the investigations.