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Jealous husband beats wife to death, secretly deposits body in mortuary

A 38-year-old man, Gali Galo, has been arrested for allegedly beating his wife, Beatrice Logosu, 34, to death over suspicion of infidelity in Ghana.

The police arrested the suspect, said to be a fisherman in Denu, the capital of Ketu South Municipal, after he secretly sent the victim’s body for preservation at the mortuary of the Hosanna Clinic at Agbozume.

The mortuary attendant, William Gbeke, 36, was also arrested for complicity in the crime.

According to the police, their attention was drawn to the crime following a report by neighbours. The police follow up to the morgue and an inspection of the body revealed bruises and contusions on the body, with blood oozing from a broken jaw.

“The victim’s neck appeared broken, suggesting a possible case of strangulation.” a police report says.

The Volta Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Prince Dogbatse, who confirmed the incident on Tuesday, March 30, said the couple’s neighbours at Akame reported hearing the couple in an altercation around midday last Saturday. Galo is said to have accused his wife of infidelity.

Dogbatse said the neighbours attempted to intervene but the suspect’s hostile attitude and his threats to kill anyone who came near made them pull back.

The neighbours said Galo kept assaulting his wife deep into the night and they woke up the next morning only to hear that the victim had died.

After the report was lodged at the Denu Police Station, the police went into action and the suspect was traced to the Hosanna Clinic mortuary where he had secretly sent the victim’s body for embalmment.

The suspect and mortuary attendant, Gbeke were consequently arrested.

“Gbeke had a duty to inform the police about the bruises, contusion and blood that was oozing from the broken jaw of the deceased, but was compromised into getting the body embalmed.”

Both men remain in custody while investigations continue.

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