Electrician gets four years for pouring acid on woman

By Gifty
Amofa, GNA

Accra, Sept. 12, GNA – An Accra Circuit Court
has sentenced an electrician to four years’ imprisonment in hard labour for
pouring acid on a food vendor, which caused her to suffer severe acid burns all
over her body.

Benjamin Atobrah was, in addition, ordered to
pay GH¢20,000.00 as a compensation to Melody Sworddol, the victim.

He pleaded guilty to causing harm and was
convicted on his own plea.

Sentence was deferred in May, this year, by
the Court to await a medical report on the condition of the victim, who was on
admission at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital Burns Centre, while Atobrah
remained in police custody.

Police Chief Inspector Emmanuel Ohene-Agyei
told the Court, presided over by Mrs Marian Affoh, that the victim was a food
vendor whilst convict was an electrician.

They both lived at La, a suburb of Accra, and
had their work places close to each other.

On April 20, this year, at about 2000 hours, a
misunderstanding ensued between Atobrah and one of his apprentices.

Being peeved by the situation, he took some
acid from a car battery and attempted to pour it on his apprentice but he
escaped.

Atobrah later said he overheard Melody
gossiping about him and rather poured the acid on her.

Melody, who suffered various injuries, was
rushed to the Hospital for treatment.

Atobrah was arrested and after investigations
he was arraigned.

GNA

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