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30.01.2006 Crime & Punishment

Accused threatening to stab her mother.

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Tema, Jan. 30, GNA -- A thirty-seven year old Nigerian woman was on Monday granted a 50 million cedis bail by the Tema Circuit Court 'B' for allegedly threatening to stab her mother and herself with a cutlass. Patience Ekeson, the accused who initially pleaded not guilty to the charge of threatening to stab with a cutlass later admitted committing the offence.

Providing the facts of the court, Inspector Ben Agbedanu said the accused, who was unemployed lives with her mother the complainant and the father as well as other siblings at Ashaiman Lebanon Zone 5. He said for some time now, the accused was not on good terms with her relatives, adding that, on December 5, 2005, at about 0900 hours, misunderstanding ensued between the complainant and the accused during which the accused threatened to stab the complainant with a knife. Inspector Agbedanu said complainant summoned the accused to the area chief for amicable settlement however but accused was still aggrieved after the settlement and at about 0600 hours the next day, she took a cutlass and went to her mother's room threatening to kill her. He said upon seeing the accused with the cutlass, complainant run into her bedroom screaming for help, adding that, her screams attracted the elder brother of the accused who dashed into the room and managed to overpower the accused and collected the cutlass from her.

The prosecutor further told the court that, the accused in her caution statement admitted committing the offence when she was arrested by the Community 22 police when complainant reported the case to them. The accused is to reappear in court on February 17, 2006.