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19.10.2004 Crime & Punishment

Woman jailed for causing harm

By GNA

Asamankese, Oct. 19, GNA - Doris Oforiwaa, unemployed, who doused a woman she suspected to be flirting with her husband in a mixture of pepper and water and inflicted wounds on her body was on Friday jailed three months by a circuit court at Asamankese.

Oforiwaa, who pleaded guilty to a charge of intentionally causing harm, was also fined one million cedis or in default serve additional six months in prison.

Prosecuting, Police Chief Inspector G.D. Bruce said the complainant Madam Comfort Badu lived at Nungua, near Accra, who frequented Akyem Otumi to buy palm oil for sale in Accra.

He said on February 16, this year, at about 20:00 hours, Madam Badu was conveying jerry cans of palm oil to the roadside when suddenly Oforiwaa, who was hiding in the dark, sprinkled a mixture of pepper and water into her eyes while accusing her of flirting with her husband. The court, presided over by Mr S.S. Appiah was told that when Madam Badu became helpless the accused attacked her with a blade and inflicted several cuts on the left side of her face and abdomen.

She raised the alarm and rescuers rushed her to the St. Dominic's Hospital at Akwatia, where her wounds were stitched and she was discharged the next day.

Chief Inspector Bruce said a complaint was lodged with the police and when Oforiwaa was arrested she admitted committing the crime.

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