“Man set on fire by bar owner in response to insulting remarks towards his wife regarding unpaid alcohol debt”

On April 29, 2023, a tragic incident occurred in the Bibiani Ahwianso Bekwai Municipality of the Western North Region. A 35-year-old painter named Dandu allegedly set fire to Kofi Kumi, who was 39 years old.

According to the deceased’s mother, Kofi Kumi went to a nearby community called Kojina to mortify a dead body and stopped at a drinking bar to buy alcohol. However, he refused to pay for it, which led to a dispute between him and the drinking bar attendant’s wife in Sefwi Bekwai.

The incident allegedly resulted in Kofi Kumi insulting the woman using derogatory words. When the deceased’s family learned about the incident, they went to meet with the woman to apologize. It was also revealed that the deceased had previously been accused of defilement but was found not guilty. However, he was still labeled as such in the community.

It was one of the reasons he allegedly insulted the bartender’s wife after she called him a molester. Despite the family’s apology, the bartender reportedly threatened to set Kofi Kumi on fire after some residents narrated the incident to him.

Dandu allegedly bought petrol and mixed it with some other chemicals. He then reportedly went to Kofi Kumi’s house while he was asleep and attacked him. Kofi Kumi was rushed to the hospital but passed away the following day.

The family of the deceased is now demanding justice from the police. This is a tragic incident, and it is important that those responsible are held accountable for their actions. The police should conduct a thorough investigation to determine the facts of the case and bring the perpetrators to justice

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