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Parliament summons Interior Minister over killing of Mfantseman MP

General News of Friday, 9 October 2020

Source: 3 News

2020-10-09

Interior Minister, Ambrose DeryInterior Minister, Ambrose Dery

The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Aaron Oquaye, has summoned the Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery, to appear before the House to answer questions following the gruesome murder of the Member of Parliament for Mfantseman Constituency.

Prof Oquaye “respectfully” directed on the floor of the House Friday, October 9 that the Interior Minister appears before it “on Tuesday to give explanations, and assure the protection of honourable members so they will advise themselves as they see fit in all the circumstances”.

A subsequent statement issued on his behalf by the Director of Public Affairs of Parliament, Kate Addo, asked the police to quicken investigations into the murder and bring the criminals to book.

“Parliament is shocked and extremely saddened by the gruesome murder of the Member of Parliament for Mfantseman, Hon Ekow Quansah Hayford.

“The first time Member of Parliament served on the Judiciary Committee and the Defence and Interior Committee.”

“The late Hon Member was quiet, hardworking man who did his job diligently with very little fuss.”

“The Speaker and Members while mourning the loss of their colleague, have expressed the hope for expedited action to find and bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to book.”

“Parliament expresses deep condolences to his wife and children, family, friends and the Mfantseman Constituency and the entire nation.”

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Husband was arrested on suspicion of killing wife after she fell over in bathroom and hit her head

A husband was arrested on suspicion of killing his wife in a domestic violence incident after she drunkenly fell over in their en-suite bathroom and hit her head, an inquest heard. 

Tracy Bailey and her husband Austin had been sleeping in separate bedrooms in the week before she died, after they got into a ‘petty argument’ which was blown out of proportion, the inquest was told. 

When Mr Bailey awoke on September 10 last year he found his 44-year-old wife laying on her right side on their bathroom floor, with her head against the side of the shower tray and a clear head injury. 

In a statement to the inquest, Mr Bailey said: ‘I was distraught and did not want to believe that she was dead.’ 

Tracy Bailey (pictured) and her husband Austin had been sleeping in separate bedrooms in the week before she died, after they got into a 'petty argument' which was blown out of proportion, the inquest was told

Tracy Bailey (pictured) and her husband Austin had been sleeping in separate bedrooms in the week before she died, after they got into a ‘petty argument’ which was blown out of proportion, the inquest was told

The inquest heard how Mr Bailey had dragged his wife from the en-suite bathroom back into their shared bedroom, where he called 999 and was put through to the ambulance service.  

Mr Bailey told the coroner: ‘They explained Tracy was dead and an ambulance would not be needed. 

‘They told me someone would be in contact with me. Around 30 minutes later, two police officers came to my house.’ 

Detective Sergeant Liam Butler, of Thames Valley Police, told the inquest how the case had been referred to CID for review after Mr Bailey told police about the couple’s relationship difficulties. 

A statement released by the force at the time of the incident told how a 45-year-old man from Marlow was arrested on suspicion of murder on September 14 last year.  

Police searching the couple’s home in Cookham, near

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