When Juliana Boamah, 28, woke up on October, 9, 2008 to find her co-tenant, Adwoa Akomaah, 35, seated in front of her door, little did she know that it was an ambush that would later put her in a coma for a week.
Juliana, a trader, who woke up about 4.00 a.m. to tackle and complete her household chores early, had the shock of her life when, after sweeping the compound and was about to collect the rubbish, Adwoa allegedly pounced on her from behind, threw a mixture of pepper and water in her face and stabbed the left side of her stomach, forcing out her intestines.
According to Supt Alex Yartey-Tawiah, the Dansoman District Police Commander, Juliana and Adwoa lived in the same house at Shiabu-Agege, near the Dansoman Beach, in Accra.
He said a week earlier, Adwoa had accused Juliana of stealing GH¢250 from her, an accusation which generated into a quarrel between the two.
The District Police Commander said Adwoa reported the matter of her missing money to the Dansoman Police and insisted that it was Juliana who had stolen it. But because there was no evidence, the police advised them to settle the matter at home.
Unknown to Juliana, Adwoa had decided to take the law into her hands when she blinded Juliana with the pepper mixture and stabbed her with a double-edged knife.
Juliana was sent to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, where she was admitted and was in a coma for a week.
Supt Yartey-Tawiah said a 16-hour surgery was performed by six doctors on Juliana. She has, meanwhile, been discharged from the hospital and is recuperating.
The accused was remanded by the James Town Magistrate Court on October 15, 2008 and granted bail in the sum of GH¢300.00 on October 29, 2008 while investigations continue.
Story by Matilda Asantewaa Adjaye