Driver jailed for inflicting cutlass wounds on uncle


A 28-year-old driver who inflicted cutlass wounds on his uncle’s right hand and head during a confrontation at Teshie, has been sentenced to three years imprisonment in hard labour by an Accra Circuit Court.




Isaac Sowah, was ordered by the court to pay compensation of GHc1,000.00 to mitigate the medical expenses of his uncle.

Sowah charged with causing unlawful harm pleaded guilty and prayed the court to have mercy on him and forgive him.

The court presided over by Mrs Rita Abrokwa Doko convicted Sowah on his plea noting that Sowah did not waste the court’s time and he is not known to have had any brush with the law previously.

According to the court, Sowah is married with three kids, has shown remorse in court.

It, therefore, handed down to him the three-year jail term.

Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Kofi Atimbire said the complainant is Emmanuel Armah Tetteh, an uncle of Sowah.

Chief Inspector Atimbire said the convict and complainant reside in the same house at Teshie and there has been a protracted feud between them.

He said on March 16, this year, at about 2000 hours, Mr. Tetteh after eating in his room came out to wash his hands outside.

The prosecution said not long afterwards, Sowah heard an unusual noise suggesting that a stone had been thrown into his chamber.

The prosecution said this compelled Sowah to come out of his room to verify as who threw the stone, he then confronted his uncle who was then outside over the issue and this generated into an argument.

The prosecution said Sowah became so furious that he went into his room and pulled a sharp cutlass and attacked his uncle.

He said in the process, Sowah’s uncle sustained several wounds on his right hand and head and started bleeding profusely.

The Prosecution said the complainant managed to escaped and rushed to the Nungua Domestic Violence and Victim’s Support Unit where he was given a medical report form to seek treatment.

He said when the complainant returned with the medical report form, Sowah was arrested but efforts to retrieve the said cutlass proved futile.

The Prosecution said Sowah denied using a cutlass on his uncle but rather used a broken piece of roofing slate to inflict the wounds on the complainant.



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