Woman, 25, Murdered In Hotel At Somanya

A 25-year-old woman was last Tuesday found dead in a room at the Gamali Guest House in Somanya in the Yilo Krobo Municipality in the Eastern Region.
The deceased, Believe Sakitey, a petty trader in vegetables, was suspected to have been murdered by a man.

The Crime Officer of the Somanya District Police Command, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sylvia Esinam Aforkpa, who briefed the Daily Graphic, said around 1:40 p.m. of the previous day, the Manager of the guest house, located at Somanya Low Cost, reported to the police that a young lady had been found dead in one of the rooms in the guest house.

Guests lodged in

She said the Manager indicated that on April 5, 2021, a young man by name Charles Tetteh, along with Ms Sakitey, lodged at the guest house, and per their booking they were supposed to check-out by mid-day last Monday.

The Crime Officer said when the two were not seen coming out, the receptionist decided to check on them.

Despite knocking on the door several times, nobody responded, and the receptionist, therefore, opened the door — which was not locked — only to find the woman lying in a pool of blood.

ASP Aforkpa said an investigator was detailed to the scene and saw the deceased lying in a pool of blood on the bed, with only her underwear, but Tetteh was nowhere to be found.

Items found

The Crime Officer said a lady’s hand bag, believed to belong to the deceased, was found in a chair in the room, and when it was opened, an identity card was found in it bearing the name Believe Sakitey.

She said a phone number at the back of a Yellow Fever Card was also found in the bag, and when the person was called, the elder brother of the deceased, Bright Kekeli, responded and said the deceased was the younger sister.

Kekeli was asked to report at Somanya Police Station, and he, together with other family members, including the parents, honoured the invitation and identified the deceased.

The Crime Officer said staff also found a knife stained with blood wrapped in black polythene under the mattress.

She said it was being kept for police investigations.

She said police crime scene officers later came from Koforidua to examine the crime scene, while the body was taken to the mortuary of the Atua Government Hospital for preservation and autopsy whilst investigations continued.