Gifty Amofa, GNA
Accra, Oct. 5, GNA –
An Accra Circuit Court on Thursday sentenced Patrick Ablor Laryea to six months
imprisonment and gave Esther Odonkor two weeks for insulting Rabiatu Abeka at
the Makola market.
Both Laryea and Esther
had pleaded not guilty to the charges of offensive conduct conducive to breach
of peace and threat of death; but were found culpable after trial and were
Two lawyers, who
appeared as friends of the court on behalf of the accused pleaded for
mitigation, told the court that the two persons were first time offenders and
youthful, thus, they will be useful to the nation.
In addition, the
lawyers prayed that Esther a mother of two should be made to sign a bond to be
of good behaviour rather than incarceration, and that the judge should temper
justice with mercy.
Police Chief Inspector
Francis Tassan told the Court presided over by Mr Emmanuel Essandoh that
Rabiatu is a trader and resident of Ashaley Botwe in Accra whilst Esther and
Laryea are also traders.
He explained that all
the three trade at the Makola Market, also in Accra.
that for some time, the convicts had not been on talking terms with Rabiatu and
rained insults on her without provocation.
On May 25, 2017,
without any provocation, Esther started raining insults on Rabiatu to wit “you
useless woman, I will kill you and your beloved child”.
Laryea, who was
present later joined Esther and he also did same to wit “you are a prostitute,
you don’t wear under pants when you come to town and having been having sex
with Burger besides your husband. I will not beat you but will always insult
Rabiatu, who could not
bear the verbal abuse any longer reported it to the police, leading to their
arrest, the Prosecution said.
the two were arraigned.