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General News of Monday, 6 November 2000

Source: GNA

Three charged for ejecting widow from matrimonial home

Tuobodom (Brong Ahafo) - Three persons who allegedly drove a widow and her four children out of her matrimonial home were on Friday granted bail in the sum of two million cedis and one surety each by the Tuobodom community tribunal.

Adwoa Asaseasa, 50, Akosua Nyame, 65, both farmers, and Kofi Tawiah, 49, alias 'some friends', a driver, pleaded not guilty to unlawfully ejecting and depriving the widow and her children of their estate, contrary to Section 17 of PNDC Law 111. They will re-appear on November 15.

The tribunal chaired by Mr Gyamfi Awuah, heard that the widow, Ama Antiwaa, lost her husband, Kwadwo Takyi, in July this year.

After the death of Takyi, the accused allegedly drove the widow with her children, who are all minors, from her matrimonial home.

She and her deceased husband had put up the nine-bedroom house at Tuobodom through the cultivation of tomatoes, the tribunal was told.

After the death of Takyi, the widow was not allowed to take even a pin from the house by the defendants.

She was told that the house was rather handed over to Tawiah, the deceased's nephew, who customarily succeeded her husband. The three defendants also did not allow the widow to attend the funeral of her late husband.