Sunyani High Court 2 sentenced 37-year-old farmer to 30-year jail term
The Sunyani High Court 2 has sentenced a 37-year-old farmer,
Solomon Kodua, to 30 years imprisonment with hard labour.
The sentence comes after Mr Kodua slashed the neck of his
33-year-old girlfriend, Comfort Mansa.
The victim, who sustained a deep cut on her neck, had to spend
four months nursing her wounds after undergoing a
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A medical report presented to the court indicated that the victim
also sustained a laryngotracheal injury, causing her to lose her
vocal cords, explaining that a device had to be inserted into
her throat to assist her to speak. Even with the device, the
victim could barely be heard when she spoke
and was still attending hospital, a Principal State Attorney,
Mr Ernest O. Ayeh, told the court.
The convict was jailed after two years of the full trial which began
on May 19, 2019 and was presided over by Justice Mr Gabriel Mate-Teye.
The incident happened at Buoyem in the Techiman North District
of the Bono East Region.
Even though Kodua pleaded for moderation and urged the judge to
be lenient, the judge did not heed his plea.
Mr Mate-Teye said before pronouncing his sentence that considering
the recent spate of spousal murders and abuse, the sentence would
send a strong signal to the rest of the public to refrain
from committing similar crimes in the future.
The facts of the case as presented to the court by the Principal State Attorney,
Mr Ayeh, was that Mansa had been the concubine of Kodua
for 12 years with three children.
He said the two were not living together as Kodua lived with his father
at Buoyem, while the victim also lived with her mother in the same community.
Mr Ayeh said a year prior to the incident, the victim decided to quit
the relationship because Kodua was not discharging his
obligations of taking care of her and the children.
He said the victim left the children in the care of her aged mother and travelled
to do petty trading in order to have something to take care of them.
He explained that on November 5, 2017, the victim returned to
the community to visit her family.
Mr Ayeh said on November 25, 2017, the convict, who was on his way
to the farm, asked the victim to go and assist his mother to process gari,
a request the victim refused to comply with.
He explained that when Kodua returned from the farm in the evening
and found out that Mansa did not comply with his request, he got angry
and rushed to her house to confront her.
Mr Ayeh said in the course of the confrontation, the convict used a sharp
cutlass to inflict a deep cut on Mansa’s neck and fled the scene.
He explained that the aged mother of the victim, who was in her room,
came out to meet her daughter lying in a pool of blood.
Mr Ayeh said the shouts by the old lady attracted neighbours who rushed
to send the victim to the Techiman Holy Family Hospital.
He added that the victim was later referred to the Komfo Anokye
Teaching Hospital due to the extent and degree of injury sustained.
Mr Ayeh added that the convict, after fleeing the scene, called a witness in
the case who was also his friend and told him that he had killed his
wife and that he was going to commit suicide.
Mr Ayeh said the witness managed to convince Kodua to rescind his
decision and consequently was able to hand him over to the police.