01.03.2008 Crime & Punishment

Landlord Fined Gh¢200

By Daily Guide
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A LANDLORD and his wife, who protested against a female tenant bathing with the husband, have been fined for frustrating the tenant.

The two accused persons, who were also against the female tenant eating with the husband from the same bowl, had the shock of their lives when a Bolgatanga Magistrate Court fined them GH¢200 or face a five-month prison term each in default.

The court, presided over by His Worship, Abdul-Hakeem Osman, also compelled the landlord, Patrick Akologo and his wife, Lariba Akologo to sign individual bonds to be of good behaviour for 24 months or in default, the man will pay GH¢400 while the woman will also pay GH¢300.

Narrating the case to the court, the female tenant, Susana Fiagbe said she came from Accra to join her husband in a house at Atobabesi, a suburb of Bolgatanga, which is owned by Patrick Akologo, who also lives with the wife.

According to her, she had been eating and bathing with her husband since they married so she continued the habit when she joined him in Bolgatanga. She said the landlord and the wife however did not approve of the practice for reasons best known to them.

The two had therefore been insulting Susana and calling her names whenever they saw her eating or bathing with her husband. She said her husband always kept mute over the situation for fear of being ejected from the house.

On February 21, 2008, the landlord and his wife picked up a quarrel with Susana over the same issue and insulted her very well, saying she was an old lady and so did not deserve to marry such a young man.

After this quarrel, the landlord banned Susana from welcoming the husband from work with a hug, eating from the same bowl and bathing with him.

Susana claimed she had had enough of the insults and disgrace from the couple and therefore reported the case to the police and the two were arrested.

Akologo and Lariba, upon interrogation by the police, admitted the crime and were convicted on their own plea of guilty with explanation.

Lariba paid GH¢50 as compensation to Susana and GH¢50 to the state. The landlord also paid the same compensation to the complaint and the state.

Susana Fiagbe and the husband had since left the house.

From Ebo Bruce-Quansah, Bolgatanga

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