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Crime & Punishment of Sunday, 5 May 2019

Source: starrfm.com.gh

Court remands man who slashed driver for urinating in a gutter

The Koforidua Circuit Court “B” presided over by Her Honour Mercy Adei Kotei on Friday remanded into police custody, 39-year-old Philip Afawubo, for inflicting cutlass wounds on a driver for urinating in a gutter.

This comes after his plea on the charges he is facing were not taken by the Court and the prosecuting officer, Chief Superintendent, Kofi Blaggogie asking the court to remand him to enable police monitor the health condition of the victim, Nuru Adams, 39. Nuru is on admission at the Eastern Regional Hospital, Koforidua.

Kotei who is a blacksmith is expected to reappear in Court on May 15, 2019.

The incident

Nuru, a Koforidua-Kumasi bound driver was hacked several times with a cutlass by Kotie for urinating in a gutter in front of his shop.

As a result, Nuru suffered multiple cutlass wounds in the head and hand.

The incident occurred Tuesday, April 30, 2019, near the Koforidua branch of Franco Trading Phone Shop, close to the Kumasi Lorry Terminal.

An eyewitness, Joe Pasaasa, told Starr News, a misunderstanding ensued between the two when Nuru defied the warning by Kotei not to urinate in a gutter in front of his shop.

Nuru allegedly slapped Kotei, compelling him, to dash into his shop to pull one of the sharpened cutlasses to chase the driver who then took to his heels.

According to other eyewitnesses, Nuru subsequently fell down and was attacked with the cutlass by Kotei.

“We were here when we saw the man in this shop chasing someone with a cutlass so all that I saw was the man cutting the other man who was running but fell down. Then blood was all over him.

“He cut the head, the eye side, the ear side and the hand because he used it to block some of the cutlasses so people run to the scene and managed to arrest the man and later some nurses were driving to the hospital and picked the injured into the car to the hospital,” an eye witness narrated to Starr News.

The driver was rushed to the Theatre of the Regional Hospital where he was on admission until late Friday afternoon when he was discharged.