Woman saved by Speaker released from prison

Sarfowaa with her new born baby and Mr Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng behind the items

Sarfowaa with her new born baby and Mr Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng behind the items

A 26-year-old mother of three, Akosua Sarfowaa, who was serving a two-year sentence at the Nsawam Female Medium Security Prisons for assaulting her rival, has been released.

She was sent to prison in 2018 because she was unable to pay a court fine of GH₵1,400.

Sarfowaa served only two months out of her two-year incarceration before her fine was paid by the Speaker of Parliament Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye last year.

Prof. Mike Oquaye went to Sarfowaa’s rescue following a broadcast on Crime Check Foundation (CCF), a non-governmental organisation, founded by Mr. Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng.

The convict was four months pregnant when she was arrested and had a one-and- half-year old child.

Sarfowaa went to prison with her child, a situation some human rights lawyers described as unconstitutional.

The convict was delivered of a baby boy three months after her release from the Female Medium Security Prisons in the Eastern Region.

Narrating her ordeal to the Ghanaian Times, Sarfowaa explained that her partner whom she was co-habiting with had brought another woman to share the same apartment with them.

Sarfowaa said that she later spotted her rival wearing the shirt of her (Sarfowaa’s) lover.

According to her, the alleged “side-chick” “cast insinuations at her”, adding that “in an apparent attempt to defend “myself” of a bottle attack from the rival, I (Sarfowaa) hit her back with a bottle and injured her on the cheek”.

The girlfriend reported the case to police and Sarfowaa was arrested.

Sarfowaa was subsequently put before court, convicted and fined GH₵ 1,400, but she was unable to pay the fine.

The court also awarded a cost of GH₵2,000 against the convict for defamation.

Following her inability to pay the fine, the court sent her to jail.

Elated Sarfowaa who had received donations from kind spirited persons and benevolent organisations upon her release had named her newly born baby after the founder of CCF.

BY ALLIA NOSHIE

 

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