15.01.2008 Social News

Cop Accused Of Assaulting Woman

By Francis Donkor, Tarkwa -
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Residents of Kadadwen, a suburb of Tarkwa in the Western Region, have condemned the alleged assault of a 37-year-old woman by the Tarkwa District Police Commander and his wife.

The woman, known as Sister Efua, is alleged to have been slapped many times by the couple who accused her of impeding reconciliation between them and a neighbour with whom they have a problem.

Sister Efua was said to have also been unlawfully arrested and detained by the police on the orders of the District Commander, Superintendent Slim Opoku Manford.

The residents who alleged that Supt Manford was fond of arresting and detaining his neighbours at the least provocation, described the couple’s action as 'unfair, unjust and unnecessary'.

The Times learnt that two years ago, the commander, who resides in a rented apartment at Kadadwen made a backyard garden on a piece of land belonging to a co-tenant. Frank Appiah without his consent.

When Mr. Appiah later confronted him, he got offended and allegedly threatened to cause his arrest.

Mr. Appiah lodged a complaint with the crime officer who reportedly advised the commander to release the land.

Owing to this bone of contention, Superintendent Manford is said to have taken the docket of a case of which Appiah was the complainant from his subordinate and prosecuted it himself against him at the district court at Tarkwa but Appiah was acquitted and discharged.

One Saturday, December 29, Supt. Manford allegedly invited Appiah to his residence for reconciliation after an earlier invitation at a drinking spot had been turned down by Appiah.

The source said after the reconciliation, Manford’s wife allegedly attacked Sister Efua while she was talking to Appiah whom she had met walking with the couple.

Manford’s wife allegedly said Efua was a witch who was opposed to her husband’s reconciliation with Appiah.

Sister Efua told the Times that Mr. Manford also struck her twice in the neck before locking her up in the cells with instructions that she should be given water but he was left to die.

But Mr. Manford has denied Sister Efua’s allegations saying they are only a ploy to tarnish his image.

When the Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Sapark Sampana was contacted, he said the case was brought to his notice but Mr. Manford denied the allegations.

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