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10.03.2009 Tragedy

Woman bathed with hot water

By Daily Guide

Gloria Odumah Felicia Acquah, a student who allegedly poured hot water over a co-tenant shortly after they exchanged blows during a misunderstanding, has been put before an Accra circuit court for causing harm.

Acquah poured hot water over Gloria Odumah's left breast, left arm, her back and buttocks, leaving her with serious injuries which would require plastic surgery to correct.

The accused was said to have acted in self-defence when the complainant, Odumah, followed her to the house to fight again and in the process bit deep into her breast which is said to now be cancerous.

The altercation reportedly boils down to an alleged affair the complainant was said to be having with the husband of one of Acquah's friends who reportedly caught them together sometime last year.

This was disclosed by the landlord of both the complainant and accused in court when they both denied that there were underlying factors behind the injuries they caused each other after the judge asked what caused the fight.

Acquah pleaded not guilty to causing harm and has been granted bail in the sum of GH¢1000 with a surety to be justified while the case has been adjourned to March 16. The case was heard by Mrs. Ivy Heward-Mills.

Narrating the incident, prosecuting officer Chief Inspector Mary Adika told the court that both complainant and accused live in the same house at Fadama, a suburb of Accra.

She said on March 2, Acquah was passing in front of the salon of the complainant's sister when she alleged that they were making fun of her and replied with insults.

According to her, the complainant who did not take lightly to the insults confronted the accused person and it lead to fisticuffs.

Still not satisfied, the two engaged in another physical brawl after the complainant followed the accused person to the house where the complainant bit her left breast. They were separated by other tenants.

She noted that the student, in retaliationto the cruel act, poured hot water on Adumah after which she was rushed to the hospital for treatment.

The prosecuting officer said a complaint was lodged with the police leading to the arrest of the accused while Adumah was given hospital forms to fill for treatment.

She also told the court that the student was charged with the offence after investigations.

By Fidelia Achama