Crime & Punishment of Saturday, 12 April 2014
A misunderstanding between two brothers over cat meat has resulted in one of them being in critical condition at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH). For causing unlawful harm to his brother, Eric Fobih, 28, a mason, has been sentenced to one year in hard labour by a Kumasi Circuit Court.
Eric, who pleaded guilty to the one count of causing unlawful harm preferred against him by the prosecution, was convicted on his own plea by the court, presided over by Ms Afua Adu-Amankwah and sentenced accordingly.
In passing the sentence, the judge said though the crime committed was second felony and carries a maximum sentence of 10 years, she took into consideration the fact that the convict was not known to the law, his youthful age “and besides, he pleaded guilty at his first appearance.’’
Presenting the facts of the case, Inspector Daniel Opoku, told the court that the convict, a mason and Nkansah, unemployed were both residents of Kokoso, a suburb of Kumasi.
He said on March 27, 2014, the two brothers had a meal of cat meat for lunch and reserved some for their supper after which they both left the house. However, he said after they had left, Nkansah sneaked into the house and ate the rest of the meat.
According to Inspector Opoku, when Eric returned later in the evening and realised that his elder brother had eaten the meat, he confronted him and that resulted in a fight.
Mr Opoku said in the process, Eric took a cutlass that was lying on the ground, and inflicted deep wounds on the hands and legs of the brother.
The victim was rushed to the Emergency and Trauma Unit of KATH where he had remained on admission.
Later on, the case was reported to the police leading to Eric’s arrest.