Court remands machine operator for causing harm

An Accra Circuit Court on Friday remanded Godwin Dzumdzro, a machine operator, in police custody for possessing narcotic drug and causing unlawful harm.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty and would re-appear on May 27.

Chief Inspector E. Afful told the court presided over by Mr Francis Obiri, that the complainant is a driver resident at Olebu near Ablekuma a suburb of Accra.

He said the complainant and his wife live together in a wooden structure near Olebu lorry station.

The prosecution said barely eight months ago, the complainant detected that some gangs of wee smokers had been smoking the substance behind his structure and he warned them on several occasions to relocate, but they ignored him.

He said on May 5, at about 1500 hours, the complainant and his wife were together in their room when misunderstanding ensued between them over financial issue and the wife became offended and left the room.

Chief Inspector Afful said a few minutes later the accused person together with his gangs, who were by then smoking Indian hemp behind the structure, chased the complainant’s wife into the room and without any words of extreme provocations attacked, subjected the complainant to a severe beating and finally hit him on the head.

This caused blood to ooze profusely all over his body.

He said due to the severe nature of the attack, the complainant was compelled to break through one of the corners of the wooden structure and came out in order to save his life while his wife also managed to escape.

“A Good Samaritan quickly informed the brother of the complainant about the attack and before, they arrived at the scene of the crime, the complainant had fallen into comma and was rushed to the hospital, where he was admitted, treated and discharged the next day,” he said.

He said the same day, at about 1900 hours, the complainant’s brother and the witnesses mobilised themselves and proceeded to the scene to apprehend the perpetrators of the crime.

Chief Inspector Afful said immediately they emerged at the scene, the accused and his gangs took to their heels but were given a chase and he was arrested together with a black bag hanging around his back.

The prosecution told the court that a search conducted revealed a quantity of cellotape dried leaves and 12 wrappers suspected to be Indian hemp.

At about 2100 hours the same day, the accused person was sent to the police together with the exhibits for a formal complaint but on reaching the charge office accused suddenly took to his heels but hit his head hit a sign post.

He was recaptured and sent to the hospital for treatment. Meanwhile in his caution statement he denied ownership of the exhibits. GNA

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