The family of the 28-year-old man who allegedly murdered his father at Okorase near Koforidua has told the Police the suspect has had long battle with schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People with schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality. Although schizophrenia is not as common as other mental disorders, the symptoms can be very disabling.

“The family told us he has been suffering form schizophrenia for some time now. He is at the hospital now receiving treatment and the body of  the deceased has been deposited at the Koforidua government hospital,” Eastern regional Police PRO Ebenezer Tetteh told Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Tuesday.

Kelvin Quist Agbenyega used a machete to butcher his father, a retired accountant, at their home Monday afternoon.

The family said the suspect who dropped out of school at Form 2 at the Pentecost Senior High School a decade ago over poor performance, has been accusing his father of not prioritizing his welfare.

A sister of the suspect Theodora Quist said her brother had constant brushes with their father for paying more attention to the welfare of his siblings.

“I got home to see my father murdered in cold blood by my brother Kevin. I lost consciousness when I went to see my father, I just couldn’t believe it.  My relatives who visited Kevin at the Police Station with food reported that he couldn’t eat his meal, he is said to have regretted his actions but I don’t want to see him again. My father has been my backbone and Kevin has taken his life from him, I can’t forgive him,” she recounted in tears.