June 24, 2024
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Traditional priest sentenced to a day’s imprisonment for harming woman

An Accra Circuit Court has sentenced a Tradi­tional Priest to one-day imprisonment for causing harm to an unemployed woman at Teshie in Accra.

Michael Martey Mamah charged with causing harm, pleaded guilty. Mamah, together with some of his relations, apologised to the court and the complainant.

The court presided over by Mr Kwabena Kodua Obiri con­victed Mamah on his own plea and sentenced him to also pay a fine of GH¢6,000 or in default serve a year’s imprisonment.

It further directed the con­vict to pay compensation of GH¢6,000 to the complainant.

Prosecution led by Inspector Belinda Asante narrated that the complainant Cecelia Korley was an unemployed resident of Chor­kor in Accra, while the accused person Micheal Martey was a Traditional Priest and a resident of Teshie.

The prosecution said on Oc­tober 24, 2023, the Teshie Gbu­glan family, whom the accused person hailed from in collabo­ration with some factions from Prampram, organised puberty rites at Teshie.

The prosecution said the same day at about 4:00 pm while the rites were ongoing, Mamah

confronted the complainant over an allegation made by her (complainant) that some of the nominated ladies performing the rite had in their lifetime aborted pregnancies.

Inspector Asante said in the course of deliberating upon the issue, Mamah became offended and slapped the complainant. The convict further pushed the complainant onto the ground, resulting in a swollen right cheek and a dislocated right shoulder.

The prosecution said the complainant reported the matter to the police, and she was issued with a medical form to attend the hospital. The complainant after visiting the hospital returned the medi­cal form endorsed by a medical officer of LEKMA Hospital.

According to the prosecutor, Mamah was subsequently arrest­ed and in his cautioned statement admitted the offence.

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