Felix Teye, a farmer, has been remanded into jail detention by the Koforidua District Court, presided over by Her Worship Nana Ama Dabbah Fynn Esquire, for allegedly shooting Kwesi Gladys, 27, to death after an argument about burial rites. According to the prosecuting officer, Sargent George Defia, the complainant in the case, Ayertey Albert, 30, is a farmer who lives with his wife in Atua, a Somanya neighborhood. Suspect Felix Teye lost one of his daughters about three months ago, and Kwasi Tia, the deceased’s father, took the body to Konkoney from Korhwere village while carrying the corpse on his back.
Felix Teye was supposed to follow through on a deal to give Kwasi Tia a white fowl and a bottle of locally made gin (Akpeteshie) so he could perform rituals to atone for carrying the corpse and burying it, but he didn’t. When the rituals were not performed for him, Kwasi Tia became enraged and adamantly complained to the complainant, his wife, and two daughters, Kwasi Naomi and Kwasi Gladys.
The complainant led Kwasi Tia and his two daughters to the suspect’s home on July 24, 2022, around 7:00 am, to mediate for the rituals to be performed for him. However, they encountered Esther Dede Tetteh, the suspect’s wife, who informed them that the suspect was not at home and that they should leave. They chose to hold off until the suspect came back, though. When they went to sit down, one of Kwasi Tia’s daughters, Kwasi Naomi, chose a bench from the house’s yard. Suddenly, though, the suspect’s wife violently snatched the bench away from her, which sparked a fight.
The suspect’s wife attempted to strike Kwasi Naomi with a pestle that she had taken from her room, but Kwasi Gladys, who is now deceased, disarmed and stopped her. A heated conflict ensued as the wife re-entered the room and brought out another stick to attack Kwasi Gladys. The complainant tried to separate them, but the suspect allegedly shot Kwasi Gladys from a bush nearby, about 30 meters from his house. The suspect then allegedly tried to flee, but the complainant pursued him and apprehended him, recovering a single barrel gun and five live rounds from him. Injured After being taken by ambulance to the Asesewa Government Hospital, physician assistant Kingsley Akorli declared Kwasi Gladys dead.
The suspect was detained by the Asesewa Police with the exhibit. Upon investigation he was charged and arraigned before the Koforidua District Court for committal trial .