A 70-year-old man, Gregory Atsitsogbe on Tuesday appeared before an Accra Circuit Court for inflicting cutlass wounds on his 60-year-old wife following a misunderstanding.
Atsitsogbe, charged with causing harm, pleaded guilty with explanation. In his explanation, he told the court presided over by Mrs Georgina Mensah-Datsa that his wife Beatrice Asamoah whom he had had six children, with only two surviving, held his penis and threatened to kill him and in his defence pulled a cutlass and slashed her hand. “I also bit my tongue in the process,” he added.
The court after listening to his explanation entered a plea of not guilty and admitted him to bail in the sum of GHc10,000 bail with one surety to reappear on March 15. When the court asked Atsitsogbe whether he had paid some of the medical bills for his wife, he said he was not aware his wife visited the hospital because she was no longer staying with him.
When the court asked him to give her some money, Atsitsogbe said he had no money on him and that he was unemployed and was also suffering from stroke. Atsitsogbe however dipped his hands into his pocket and brought GHc0.80p as the money that he had on him. Soon after the court asked him to add some more, he brought out GHc0.20p, saying “That’s all I have.”
Meanwhile, the court has tasked the complainant and accused who had been married for 40 years, to see if the matter could be resolved amicably. The case as presented by Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sarah Acquah are that the complainant and accused were married and were all living at Agbogboloshie in Accra. On December 17, 2010, a quarrel ensued between the complainant and accused and in the process, accused slashed her with a cutlass.
ASP Acquah said the complainant bled profusely and was rushed to the hospital whiles the matter was reported to the Police who issued Beatrice with a medical form. Atsitsogbe was arrested and during interrogation, he admitted the offence.