Miner gets 20 years for pouring acid on former girlfriend

 The Tarkwa Circuit Court has sentenced a 62-year-old illegal miner to 20 years imprisonment in hard labour, for pouring liquid suspected to be acid on his former girlfriend, Victoria Salamatu Safia, 35, at Prestea in the Western Region.

John Tandoh, also known as Kojo Egyaguma, who was con­victed of causing harm, pleaded guilty to the charge.

Tandoh kept his head down until Mrs Hathia Ama Manu, who presided over the court, delivered the sentence.

Records from the Tarkwa Local Prison, revealed that in 2012, Tandoh was sentenced to 16 years for a similar offence, but was dis­charged on Amnesty in June 2020, after serving eight years.

Superintendent of Police Juliana Essel-Dadzie, prosecuting, said that Tandoh and the victim lived at Prestea together as lovers, and were working in an illegal mining site within the vicinity.

The court heard that later, the victim noticed Tandoh’s attitude had changed towards her and always quarreled with her without any provocation, so she decided to end the relationship.

Sup Essel-Dadzie said the Tandoh and Victoria went to the usual mining site to prospect for gold, and while going about their respective duties, a misunder­standing ensued between them.

The prosecution said Tandoh left for town, and returned to the site with a bowl covered with a polythene bag and the victim though it was food.

Sup Essel-Dadzie said the convict walked towards the victim, attacked her and poured the liquid suspected to be acid on her head, face, and other parts of the body.

The prosecution said the victim, who sustained severe burns, screamed for help.

Sup Essel-Dadzie said a witness, who was working nearby went to the scene, and attempted to apprehend Tandoh, but he (Tan­doh) pulled a kitchen knife and threatened to stab him (witness) and bolted.

The prosecution said Victoria was rushed to the Prestea Gov­ernment Hospital, where she was currently on admission receiving treatment.

Sup Essel-Dadzie said Tandoh was arrested from his hideout and handed over to the police in Prestea. — GNA

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