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A/R: Woman contracts assassin to kill business partner

Police in the Ashanti Region have arrested a 41-year-old woman who allegedly contracted a man to kill her business partner in Kumasi.

The suspect, Joyce Antwi, who is a trader and a resident of Buokrom Estate, and her intended victim are business partners who trade in plywood at Akwatia Line, a suburb of Kumasi.

Joyce, in October 2015, collected an amount of GHS99,000 from the victim to fund her business with a promise to pay back.

Her business partner  in April 2017 approached the suspect and gave her a June 2017 deadline to settle the amount.

According to the police, the victim wanted to invest the money in her business since life was becoming difficult for her.

The suspect agreed to pay back the money by the stated deadline.

On Tuesday,  May 23, 2017, the suspect allegedly approached the complainant and contracted him to murder the victim for a fee of GHS5000.

The complaint agreed to the offer and was given a part payment of GHS2,500, promising to provide the balance after the job was executed.

On Friday  May 26, 2017, Joyce picked the complainant to the residence of the victim at Buokrom Estate since her husband and children were not present at the time.

The complainant then alerted the police who on Saturday  May 27, 2017 went to the victim’s residence and asked her to invite the suspect over.

The suspect was arrested two hours later when she showed up.

Addressing a news conference,  the Ashanti regional police commander DCOP Ken Yeboah said Joyce confessed in her caution statement of contracting the complainant to commit the act.

He said the suspect is in police custody assisting with investigations and will soon be prosecuted.

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