THE parents of a pregnant Scot found allegedly murdered by her husband in a Ghanaian hotel bath have said they have been prevented from bringing her body home by the man accused of killing her.
Charmain Adusah, 41, whose maiden name was Speirs, was found dead at the MacDic Royal Plaza Hotel in Koforidua, in Ghana’s eastern region, on 20 March.
It was her birthday last week, which was a very hard dayLinda Speirs
Her body was discovered in a bathtub after she had travelled to the town with husband Eric Isaiah Adusah to go to the funeral of his father.
Adusah, 28, a self-proclaimed prophet and leader of Global Light Revival Ministries Church in London, has been arrested and charged with her murder and is being held in Ghana to await trial.
Ms Adusah’s parents, Linda and Peter Speirs, told yesterday how they had tried to contact their daughter in the days leading up to her death after last hearing from her on 8 March.
Mrs Speirs, 61, of Arbroath, Angus, said she and her husband have been left in the dark about the investigation.
She said: “She normally calls me two or three times a week. I had been leaving messages and voicemails on her phone to get in touch and asking what’s wrong. I knew something wasn’t right.”
On 22 March, police opened a missing person’s case. The following morning, the family received a call from a bishop in Ghana, informing them their daughter was dead. Adusah has yet to make a plea in court to the charge of murder by “unlawful harm”.
He remains in custody in Ghana’s capital, Accra, awaiting court proceedings after bail was refused.
He has refused to let the couple fly their daughter’s body home for burial. Ghanaian law means permission has to be granted by the husband.
Mrs Speirs said: “We want to get her body home so we can put her to rest.
“It was her birthday last week which was a very hard day for me, especially when she’s still lying out there.
“We’ve spoken to the High Commissioner about it but Ghanaian law states the husband needs to give permission and Britain can’t interfere with Ghanaian law.
“We just want to get her home.”
Mrs Speirs added that her daughter had been in tears about the state of her marriage just a month before her death.
She said: “I only wish she had opened up and we wouldn’t have allowed her [to go] back. Eric didn’t even speak to us at their wedding.
“We now know from speaking to her best pal that she had doubts about the marriage on her wedding day and it deteriorated immediately.”