The Circuit Court in Accra has sentenced a 44-year-old man, Joseph Mensah Amartey to a six-month jail term, for chopping off the ear of one Japhet Tetteh Josiah over a girlfriend.
The accused person who was arraigned and charged with the offense of causing harm pleaded guilty for the offense and was convicted on his own plea.
In his plea for mitigation with the court, the accused person said: “I know very well that I have committed the offense” and prayed for forgiveness.
The court presided over by Her Honour Mrs Pricilla Dapaah Mireku, on August 31, handing down her sentence said the accused person is a first-time offender and also did not waste the time of the court, and in addition to the jail term, the said accused is also to pay a compensation of GHc2, 000 to the complainant.
Chief Inspector on the case, John Gohoho, informed the court that the complainant, Japhet Teeteh Josiah is an IT Engineer while the accused person Joseph Mensah Amartey 44 is unemployed.
According to him, the Complainant and accused person reside at Teshie, and on August 13, 2020, at about 9:30 pm while the complainant and his girlfriend and witness, Emelia Laryea, were on their way home, the accused person emerged and followed them about 500m.
Again, the accused person held the witness’s hand to follow him home and ignore complainant, but the witness turned the accused person’s request down, which lead to the misunderstanding between the complainant and the accused person and in the process, the accused person chopped off part of his ear.
The complainant reported the matter to the police and was issued with a medical form to attend hospital, and later, led police to arrest the accused person from his hideout.
He said, the accused person in his cautioned statement, admitted the offense and after investigations, he was charged and brought before this honorable court.
Written by: Abigail Osaebea