The Ghanaian community in Italy was thrown into morning after news broke that one of their sons, a former footballer Solomon Nyantakyi, has been arrested in Italy for the alleged murder of his mother and sister on Tuesday night in the city of Parma.
This news came shortly after another Ghanaian player, Kwame Bonsu’s appeal in Sweden was been adjourned after being jailed for raping his wife.
Nyantakyi, a former football prodigy with Italian side Parma is the major suspect in the double murder of his mother and young sister who were killed by stabbing at home last night.
He was arrested by police on an escape route in Milan on Wednesday morning as the security forces chased him for allegedly murdering his mother Patience Nfum, 45, and little sister Magdalene Nyantakyi, 11 who are all Ghanaians living in Italy.
The suspect’s elder brother Raymond Nyantakyi, 25, returned home from work around 9pm on Tuesday to discover the gruesome murder.
The murder took place in their home in Via San Leonardo, the outskirts of Parma, which is a multi-ethnic neighborhood where many Ghanaians live.
When Raymond opened the door he found a gruesome scene with blood everywhere, on the floor, on walls and on the furniture in their sixth floor apartment.
Solomon was touted as one of the rising stars in Italian football as he flourished in the youth system of Parma winning several titles with them.
He was promoted to the Parma senior team by Roberto Donadoni before the club went on administration and the young player’s career took a nose dive.
The 21-year-old played for Serie D for Imolese Calcio last season but suddenly stopped and joined bad company noted for committing serious crimes in Italy.
This is the latest in the series of bad news for Ghanaian players abroad.
It could be recalled that on Friday June, another Ghanaian football player in Gävle, Sweden, was sentenced to two years in prison for allegedly raping and assaulting his wife.
After serving his sentence, 22-year-old Kwame Bonsu, who played for the Gefle IF club, will be expelled from the Scandinavian country where he has lived since 2013, Gävle District Court said.
He has since been dismissed from the team.
He first met her in 2014 when he was playing in the southern Swedish city of Mjölby. They married the following year.
A few months after the wedding he signed a transfer to the town of Gävle, located about 300 kilometres away from Mjölby.
Bonsu’s wife had wanted him to stay to continue his studies.
The victim said the rape and beatings took place in the couple’s apartment during an evening in November 2015 when he had refused to let her out.
Bonsu repeatedly denied the charges, but testimony from his wife’s relatives led the court to believe the victim’s version of events.