AN eight-year-old boy has allegedly shot his seven-year-old brother in Manso Datano in Ghana’s Ashanti region, the Daily Guide newspaper reported.
It said the siblings were playing with their father’s gun when the eight-year-old boy accidentally pulled the trigger and shot his brother at close range. The parents were away when the incident happened.
‘They were said to be struggling over the gun when the older brother accidentally pulled the trigger hitting his brother, killing him instantly,’ the newspaper said, adding that police had taken the father in for questioning.
In a separate incident, a man in northern Ghana has been arrested after he allegedly assaulted his wife with an axe after she denied him sex.
The Daily Graphic newspaper reported that the 35-year-old man from the capital Accra had an argument with his wife after she refused to sleep with him.
‘He picked up an axe and violently hit the victim’s head with it,’ it said.
The man has been remanded in custody on charges of attempted murder, while the victim is battling with life-threatening wounds at the Komfo Anokye teaching hospital in Kumasi.
The Daily Graphic said Ghanaian women faced barriers in reporting violence, rooted in the cultural belief that domestic and sexual violence are private matters that should be addressed outside the criminal justice system.
A public health report shows that 33 to 37 percent of women in Ghana have suffered violence from their intimate partners during the course of their relationships.