Marwako Pepper Man Runs For Cover

Jihad Chaaban

Lawyers for the Abelemkpe Branch Manager of Marwako eatery, Jihad Chaaban, have filed an application for disclosure directed at state prosecutors to furnish the defence team with all documents they intend to rely on for their prosecution.

According to Augustine Asafo Adjei, the request if granted, would assist them to put up a more informed defence for their client.

Jihad, 26, is before the court over an assault case.

The accused person is reported to have dipped the head of Evelyn Boakye, an employee of the facility, into blended pepper on February 26, 2017.

According to the prosecution led by Chief Inspector H.A. Hanson, the accused offensively conducted himself when he angrily called the complainant a “prostitute.”

Jihad is facing an additional charge of intentionally and unlawfully causing harm to Evelyn when he reportedly dipped her head in the blended pepper.

At the hearing of the case yesterday at the Abeka District Court in Accra, Chief Inspector H.A. Hanson opposed the application.

But the trial magistrate, Ms. Victoria Ghansah, ordered the prosecution to file their statement in opposition first thing this morning while both parties are expected to return to court at 1:00 pm today for the determination of the latest twist to the Marwako trial.

Meanwhile, the much anticipated further cross-examination of Evelyn Boakye has been shelved.

At the last sitting, the defence lawyers had expressed doubt over the actual substance the accused is alleged to have dipped the face of the victim into.

Augustine had claimed that the substance for which his client has been dragged before the court is a “sauce” but not raw pepper.

He said the material being a mixture of garlic, pepper, onions, ginger and tomatoes could not be described as pepper.

By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson

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