Hair stylist in trouble for bigamy

A hair stylist, Angelina Azumah, has appeared before the Madina District Court over charges of bigamy and fraudulent breach of trust.

Azuma is said to have married an entomologist based in the USA in the year 2016 and while still married to the entomologist, she married another man in the year 2018.

The accused has pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against her and the court presided over by Ms Susana Nyarkotey has admitted her to bail in the sum of GH¢50,000 with three sureties.

The facts of the case, as narrated by Chief Inspector Sophia Adamuwaa, are that the complainant (name withheld) is based in Oklahoma, USA, while the accused resides at Taifa, Accra.

Prosecution said the complainant visited Ghana on a research assignment in 2016, met Azuma and they got married the same year.

The prosecutor said in December 2020, the complainant came to Ghana and registered their marriage under ordinance and he went back to the USA.

While in the USA, prosecution said, the complainant played his role as a husband by remitting her with $400 a month and he established two well-furnished salons for the accused to manage them.

Additionally, the complainant said he opened an account with GCB Bank and made accused and one Paul Akparibo Azure, a business partner of the complainant, signatories.

Prosecution said also that the complainant gave the accused GH¢50,000.00 to buy a car for his use whenever he returned to Ghana and the complainant sent pictures of the said car to him (the complainant).

According to prosecution, the complainant had also rented an apartment, where the accused and her siblings lived.

The prosecution said the complainant said he wanted to have his privacy with his wife, hence he paid GH¢12,000.00 for the apartment and the accused also collected GH¢14,000.00 to renovate the salons.

In all, prosecution said the complainant spent GH¢126,000.00.

Prosecution said as soon as the complainant left Ghana, accused rented out the apartment, sold the two salons and a Toyota Corolla without the knowledge of the complainant.

When the complainant returned to Ghana in May this year, prosecution said, he could not find the accused, hence he got stranded in the country.

Prosecution said later, the complainant had information that accused had married another man since September 9, 2018 and was living with him at Sogakope in the Volta Region.

A report was made to the Madina Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit of the Ghana Police Service and Azuma was arrested. GNA

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