13.07.2006 Social News

Court Jails Man 18 Months For Causing Harm

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A 20-year old farmer who inflicted a cutlass wound on a man for owing him 20,000 cedis has been imprisoned for 18 months by the Kumawu Circuit Court.

Yaw Owusu from Senkyi near Seniagya in the Sekyere East District was convicted on his own plea. He was also ordered by the court to pay a compensation of 600,000 cedis to Augustine Kofi Konadu (complainant) to cover his medical expenses.

Police Inspector Gabriel Dzitornu, giving details of the incidence, told the court, presided over by Mr Frank Owusu Afriyie that on February 14, complainant on behalf of a woman whose name was not given, engaged the services of Owusu to pack a quantity of fuel wood into a truck, and a charge of 20,000 cedis was agreed upon.

He said after the work was done, the woman promised to pay him when she returned from the market in the evening of the same day, but as at 1800 hours, the woman had not returned from the market as promised.

Owusu then demanded the money from complainant who could not afford the 20,000 cedis. A quarrel then ensued between the two and on-lookers who intervened advised accused to exercise patience and wait for the woman.

Inspector Dzitornu said Owusu, whose patience run out only after 45 minutes, rushed into complainant's House wielding a sharp cutlasses with which he slashed the back of the complainant who was then enjoying an evening meal with friends.

The sharp pain sent complaining tumbling down with loud screams for help. He was immediately sent to a health facility in the town where he was treated and discharged.

Inspector Dzitornu said accused then fled until he was arrested in connection with a theft case on June 28. Accused was subsequently charged after investigations.
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