An Accra Circuit Court has sentenced a 22-year-old student to three years in prison for inflicting cutlass wounds on a gardener at Oyibi for entering his residence without permission.
Benjamin Mensah, who is accused of inflicting harm, has entered a not guilty plea.
At the conclusion of the trial, the court, presided over by Evelyn Asamoah, found Mensah guilty and punished him accordingly.
It also sentenced the convict to pay GHC10,000 in compensation to the complainant, Atsu Kudohor.
Before the Court handed down the sentence, the prosecution, led by Chief Inspector Emmanuel Haligah, pleaded with the Court to consider the harm caused to the complainant, claiming that it would take years for the complainant to recover psychologically.
According to the prosecution, no amount of money could ever be enough to compensate the plaintiff for the large scar on his body.
According to the prosecution, the complainant lived in Sasabi, near Oyibi in Accra, and Mensah lived in the same neighborhood as his father. According to the complaint, the complainant went to Mensah’s father’s residence on July 19, last year to inquire of his father, who had issued an invitation to him.
According to the prosecution, when the complainant arrived, Mensah became enraged and pushed him to the ground because he opened the gate without authorization, resulting in a brawl.
Mensah’s father, who was a witness in the case, came out of his room to separate the two, according to the report.
Mr. Kudohor then fled for his house, according to the prosecution, but Mensah followed him there with a cutlass and sliced the complainant on the left shoulder.
It said the complainant was rushed to the Legon Hospital where he was treated and discharged.
The Prosecution said Mensah after committing the crime went into hiding.
It said a report was made to the Police and on August 14, last year, Mensah was nabbed and handed over to the Police.
The Prosecution said Mensah, in his caution statement, admitted the offence.