06.07.2006 Crime & Punishment

Man Jailed For Beating Sister With Alligator Tail

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A 35-year-old man, who whipped his sister with a dried alligator tail without any provocation has been jailed 18 months plus a fine of 500,000 cedis by the Tema circuit court "B".

Moses Amanor was convicted on his own plea of guilty to two counts of assault and causing harm and will serve additional six months' imprisonment if he fails to pay the fine.

Chief Inspector Daniel Martey told the court, presided over by Mr Nicholas Mensah Abodakpi, that Amanor resided with his mother, Madam Mary Okutu and sister, Madam Sarah Okutu at Ashaiman-Bethlehem.

The court heard that Amanor, formerly a seaman, had been threatening the family of bloodshed for sometime now and that on June 29 this year, he slapped the mother when she confronted him over those threats.

Chief Inspector Martey said on hearing that Amanor slapped their mother, the sister went home and confronted him around 2130 hours but he got offended and beat her with the alligator tail, inflicting multiple wounds on her till she was rescued by passers by.

As if not satisfied, Amanor followed the sister and hit her on the head with a stick, which resulted in a big cut. The sister was rushed to the Tema General Hospital for treatment.

Chief Inspector Martey said Amanor admitted committing the offence.

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