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Crime & Punishment of Thursday, 10 April 2008

Source: GNA

Nursing mother before court for damaging farmer's eye

Akim Swedru (E/R), April 10, GNA - Adwoa Marfoa, unemployed, who hit the eye of a farmer with a plastic container, has appeared before the Akim Swedru Circuit Court charged with assault.

Marfoa, 30, pleaded not guilty to assault and stated that she did so to defend herself from the fury of the farmer, Mr Kwabena Kumi. She will reappear on April 11. Police Chief Inspector Adelaide Appiakorang told the court that on March 10 the accused intentionally and unlawfully assaulted the complainant.

He said Mr. Kumi had been experiencing theft in his house and that in the night he spotted Marfoa with a torch light on his compound but she took to her heels and Mr.

Kumi chased her to arrest her. When Mr. Kumi asked what the accused was doing on his compound, she replied that she was there to pick snails. Mr. Kumi slapped Marfoa and asked her not to go there again.

Chief Inspector Appiakorang said Mr. Kumi later reported the incident to Marfoa's mother and during an argument the accused hit Mr Kumi with the plastic container.

Mr. Kumi was taken to the Oda Government Hospital and was referred to an eye specialist at Akwatia Saint Dominic Hospital