Mason remanded for causing harm to in-laws
By Helena Selby
An Accra circuit court has remanded into custody, a mason, who allegedly caused cutlass injury to his in-laws, when they paid a visit to their daughter in her marital home.
The accused person, Joseph Attah Amoah, who was not in good term with his in-laws, allegedly cut the right middle finger of one of them, Mercy Asakoma, after breaking four of her teeth.
He threatened to kill her with a cutlass, but was overpowered by witnesses around, as they took over the cutlass from him.
The accused person, upon his arrest, was granted a police enquiry bail to report to the police to be charged before going to court, but failed to report. However, he was later arrested on August 19, 2012, from his hideout.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges of threat of death, contrary to section 75 of Act 29/60 and causing harm, contrary to section 69 of Act 29/60 before the court, presided over by Miss Sedina Agbemeva.
He is expected to make his next appearance in court on September 4, 2012.
Narrating the facts of the case before the court, the Prosecutor, Chief Inspector I.A.A Ahor stated that on June 3, 2012, the complainant’s witnesses, Mercy Frema and Comfort Aduako visited the accused person’s wife.
However, the accused person, on arriving home from town and seeing his in-laws in his house became angry with his wife and harshly asked about their mission, the prosecutor told the court, adding that the complainant Mercy Asakoma responded that they had not come to see him but their daughter.
According to the prosecutor, the accused person, burning with anger, hit the mouth of Mercy Asakoma, his wife, and instantly lost four of her teeth, adding that the accused person, Joseph Attah Amoah, further pulled a cutlass and threatened to slash her throat.
Chief Inspector Ahor emphasized that Mercy Asakoma held the cutlass and sustained a cut on her right middle finger, when complainant, KwabenaBoakye, went to her rescue, the accused person used the cutlass to cut his left second finger.
“The witnesses, Mercy Frema and Comfort Aduako overpowered the accused persons and took the cutlass from him”, the prosecution noted.
“Both parties lodged a complaint at the police station and were issued with medical report form to attend hospital for treatment”, the prosecutor told the court.
He mentioned that the accused person was arrested and after thorough investigation, he was charged with the offences.
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