The refusal of a man to pay for two tots of “Akpeteshie” has resulted in the death of his step-son.
It all started when Kwesi Badu went to the John Okyere’s Spot, last Sunday, at Sunkwaa in the Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese District of the Central region and bought the local gin but refused to pay for it after drinking.
Badu, according to the police ordered for another two tots of the gin but Okyere refused and asked him to settle his old debt.
This resulted in an exchange of words between them and Badu went home and informed his step-son, Kofi Dominase, who quickly came to the spot to confront Okyere.
Dominase threatened Okyere with a knife and he also went for a broken bottle and stabbed him in the neck resulting in him bleeding to death.
Okyere was arrested and arraigned before a Cape Coast Magistrate’s Court yesterday for murder.
His plea was not taken and the case was adjourned to Thursday, August 2.
Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Osarfo Khanin, told the court, presided over by Mrs Mercy Adei Kortey, that on Sunday, July 15, at about 4:30 pm Badu went to the bar to buy two tots of local gin but refused to pay for the drink.
He said after a while Badu went back and ordered for another two tots of the gin but the operator refused to sell the drink to him and asked him to settle the previous debt. This generated into a quarrel leading to exchange of insults.
He said Okyere verbally assaulted Badu so badly that he went home to inform his step son, Dominase, who followed him to the drinking spot, armed with a knife, to avenge for his father and asked the accused to face them if he was truly a man.
Chief Inspector Osarfo said Dominase pulled out a knife and threatened to kill Okyere and he also entered his store and grabbed a Guinness bottle.
He said Dominase then attacked Okyere with the knife and the accused in return broke the Guinness bottle and stabbed him in the neck, and Dominase bled to death.
He said the police got a tip off that someone had been killed at Sunkwaa and rushed to the scene, only to meet the lifeless body of Dominase lying on the ground.
They took the body to the Abura Dunkwa Hospital, and arrested Okyere.
He said police investigations were ongoing and the autopsy was yet to be performed. The docket has been forwarded to the Attorney General’s Office for advice.