Crime & Punishment of Wednesday, 24 October 2012
A Tarkwa circuit court has sentenced a farmer, Stephen Issah to five years imprisonment in hard labor for intentionally and unlawfully causing harm to Mary Duseh.
He pleaded guilty.
Prosecuting, Police Chief Inspector Edward Paddy told the court presided over by Mr. Samuel Obeng Diawuo that the complainant who is a farmer resides in the same vicinity at Hunieso Pepesa in the Prestea Huni/Valley district with the convict.
He said on Sunday, October 14, at about 1:00 a. m., the complainant heard an unusual noise in her room while she was asleep, so she woke up only to see the convict in her room.
The Prosecutor said the convict used a hammer he was holding to hit the head and shoulders of the complainant and also held her throat to prevent her from shouting.
Inspector Paddy said this resulted in a struggle between the two and in the process the convict sustained bruises on the face and chest but he managed to escape through a window.
He said the complainant raised an alarm which attracted the nearby residents to her room but the convict was nowhere to be found.
The Prosecutor said the complainant made a report to the police.
Inspector Paddy said during investigation the police retrieved a hammer in the complainant's room and this led to the arrest of the suspect.
The complainant is still on admission at the Tarkwa government hospital where she is receiving treatment.