Supervisor of the Abelemkpe branch of Marwako Restaurant, Jihad Chaaban, facing trial for assaulting a female employee, was yesterday remanded into police custody, after pleading not guilty to three counts of assault.
He was charged with assault, offensive conduct, and causing harm to the worker, but he maintained he was innocent.
Lead counsel for the supervisor, Asafo Adjei, told an Accra human rights court yesterday that his client did not commit any crime and accused the media of magnifying and distorting the actual incident that happened on February 26.
“We have been hearing a lot of things on radio that she was detained for six hours [but], the question is, was it when the pepper was in the blender?” he asked, saying the information in the public is not the truth.
Mr Chaaban was arrested by the Tesano police last week after he was accused of manhandling his subordinate, Evelyn Boakye for working slowly.
He was reported to have dipped the face of the employee into hot pepper sauce for close to 10 minutes inside the restaurant’s kitchen.
A colleague of the victim told the media that they looked on helpless as the supervisor squeezed the victim’s neck while hurling invectives at her.
Police Chief Inspector of Hanson Armah of Tesano police, who led prosecution, pleaded with the court to deny the bail request of Mr Chaaban since his release will interfere with investigations.
The prosecution said the police have spoken to the relevant witnesses regarding the case, and would come out with their report in the coming days.
But Mr Adjei argued the continuing detention of his client was unfair since the charges brought against him are bailable.
He said Mr Chaaban faced punitive measures for a little altercation, and maintained Ms Boakye’s face was not dipped into the pepper sauce as claimed, but rather it was a splash of the pepper that smeared her face.
Trial judge, Victoria Ghansah, declined the request for bail, urging the police to speed up their investigations.