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Teshie – ‘Okomfo’ serves a day in jail for assault

Traditional priest sentenced to one day in jail for assaulting woman during puberty rites.

A Traditional Priest, Michael Martey Mamah, has been sentenced to one day in imprisonment for causing harm to an unemployed woman during puberty rites in Teshie, Accra. Mamah pleaded guilty to the charge and, along with his relatives, apologized to the court and the victim.

The Accra Circuit Court, presided over by Mr. Kwabena Kodua Obiri, convicted Mamah based on his plea and imposed a fine of GHC6,000. Failure to pay the fine would result in a one-year jail term. Additionally, the court ordered the convict to pay GHC6,000 as compensation to the complainant, Cecelia Korley.

The incident occurred during puberty rites organized by the Teshie Gbuglan family, where Mamah is a resident. The confrontation arose when Mamah accused the complainant of making allegations that some nominated ladies participating in the rites had undergone abortions.

According to Myjoyonline, Mamah slapped and pushed the complainant to the ground, causing a swollen right cheek and a dislocated right shoulder. The victim reported the assault to the police, and after obtaining medical attention, Mamah was arrested. The court considered Mamah’s admission of guilt and issued the sentence and fines accordingly.

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