Palmwine Tapper Remanded

A 54-year-old palm wine tapper, Alex Addey, has been remanded by the Koforidua Circuit Court B for intentionally causing harm to Isaac Djabatey, unemployed.

Addey is said to be part of a four-member group which inflicted multiple knife wounds on the victim’s penis, testicles and back.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge and the court, presided over by Mr. Ebenezer Osei-Darko, remanded him, until June 12.

Prosecuting, Inspector Benard Annor, told the court that the complainant, Isaac Djabatey is an unemployed and lives at Etwiso, a village near Nkurakan with the accused.

During the first week of May, Addey employed Djabatey to uproot his palm trees for him at Bosotwi village and gave him of GH¢150.

Djabatey, started the work but failed to complete it and left to Etwiso with Djabatey’s knife used in tapping the palm wine.

Addey became furious and went to Djabatey’s house with his brother to threaten him in the presence of a witness that they would hire people to deal with him if he did not return the knife and the outstanding amount.

After three days, four men, including Addey attacked Djabatey at dawn at about 3:30 in bed and left him in a pool of blood.

Djabatey became helpless and while his assailants taught he was dead and had left him, he managed to crawl to the roadside and passers-by took him to the hospital for treatment.

Addey went into hiding until May 21, when he was arrested.

Djabatey is still on admission, while the other accomplices are yet to be arrested.

From Alberta Sarpong,


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