Farmer In Court For Slashing Victim’s Arm

A farmer has been hauled before an Accra High Court for allegedly slashing the left arm of a radio repairer.

Ibrahim Ben, according to the prosecution, slashed the arm of Mohammed Adam at Ashaiman without any provocation.

Others who saw the victim lying down unconscious rushed him to the Tema General Hospital where he received medical treatment.

The accused was later arrested after the injured regained consciousness.

Ibrahim, who has been remanded into prison custody, has been charged with use of offensive weapon without lawful authority.

He pleaded not guilty.

The prosecution, led by Dorcas Feli, a state attorney, told the court that the victim, Mohammed Adam, is a resident of Ashaiman while the accused, whose arm was later amputated, is a resident of Roman Down in Ashaiman.

She stated that on November 30, 2015 at about 10pm, Mohammed went to a nearby bush near the agric dump site at Ashaiman to attend to nature’s call and met two young men.

The court heard that the victim and two young men engaged in a conversation, but they suddenly heard someone shouting ‘thief, thief, thief.’

Ms. Feli narrated that the two young men ran while the victim also took another path to attend nature’s call.

The state attorney stated that without any provocation the accused pulled out a cutlass and slashed the left arm of the victim.

The accused was seen washing the cutlass and this raised suspicions.

The victim later identified the accused as the one who attacked him which led to his arrest, Ms. Feli added.

She stated that the prosecution would call five witnesses to prove its case.

The defence team, led by a private legal practitioner, Julius Nketia, stated the accused travelled to his farm where he worked, cooked and ate with his brother Salam.

He said the accused later went to agric dump site to wash his cutlass, which had mud on it.

Mr. Nketia added that the accused would not call any witnesses.

The court, presided over by Justice George Buadi, empanelled a jury of seven to hear the case which commences on May 21.

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