Ghanaian illegal miner kills relative over US$1

An illegal miner in Ghana stabbed his relative to death over US$1 after they argued about splitting the day's earnings. File photo: Twitter/@ENACT_Africa
An illegal miner in Ghana stabbed his relative to death over US$1 after they argued about splitting the day’s earnings. File photo: Twitter/@ENACT_Africa

PRETORIA, July 10 (ANA) – An illegal miner was stabbed to death by his relative over US$1 at Amenam in Birim North District of the Eastern Region, Ghana police said in a statement on Thursday.

Police said the two illegal miners quarrelled over sharing the day’s earnings which they had made from mining.

The dispute turned physical and the suspect pulled out a knife and allegedly stabbed the victim in the lower abdomen, killing him instantly.

“He jumped on his motorbike and attempted to run away but was chased and apprehended by other illegal miners in the area. They pounced on him and nearly lynched him, but he was rescued by community members and they handed him over to the police,” read the police statement.

Police said the suspect was expected to appear in court soon.

In a separate incident, a 30-year-old man has been sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment for cutting off the right leg of his two-year-old daughter.

Ghanaian police said the father pleaded guilty to causing bodily harm and was also ordered by the court to pay more than US$1,000 as compensation to the child.

In a statement, police said the man got into an argument with his wife in December 2019.

It was said that the argument became heated and the woman cut her husband’s shirts into pieces and he cut up her dresses.

He then took a cutlass and attempted to slash his wife, but she took off running, leaving the daughter behind.

The father then turned to the toddler and cut off her right leg.

– African News Agency (ANA); Editing by Yaron Blecher

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