A 54-year-old man was sentenced to 9 years and 5 months in jail by a Koforidua Circuit Court in Ghana for attacking his 22-year-old ex-girlfriend Deborah Osei and her mother with acid in Awukugua in the Eastern Region.
Nana Yaw Mante, the inmate, attacked the victims with acid while they were in their chamber at Awukugua in December 2020. Both women were seriously injured.
The event occurred just a few months after the offender was fined GHC1,200 and ordered to pay GHC1000 in compensation by a magistrate court in Koforidua for collecting and spreading nude photos of his 22-year-old ex-girlfriend. He was warned to keep his distance from her.
Delivering the latest judgement on Wednesday, July 28, Her Honour Mercy Addei Kotei took into consideration the previous conviction to apply the maximum sentence.
According to her, the sentence was set at 9 years and five months instead of ten years because the convict had been on remand for five months.
Nana Yaw Mante was charged for obscenity contrary to section 281(i) B of the Criminal Offence Act, 29/60b in his previous case at Koforidua Magistrate Court “A”.
The Prosecutor, Sergeant George Defia told the Court that the convict and the victim, a Senior High School dropout are both natives of Awukugua in the Okere District of the Eastern Region.
According to the prosecuting officer, four years ago, the accused met the victim who had dropped out of school due to financial challenges, and under the pretext of assisting her to go back to school, took undue advantage and entered into a sexual relationship with her.
The family of the victim became suspicious and confronted him but he denied having sexual relations with the victim.
Due to persistent disapproval from the victim’s family, the relationship hit a snag. However, in 2019, the accused convinced the victim and they reunited.
Mr Mante, for fear of losing the victim again, told her that he had taken her to a shrine and the gods were demanding to see her nakedness.
In November 2019, the convict lured the victim to Dawu near Adukrom-Akuapem where he recorded a series of sexually explicit videos of themselves.
He later sent the videos and pictures of the victim to her aunty and two other men, he alleged were also dating the victim. The videos went viral on social media in February 2020.
The victim reported the incident to the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) at the Regional Police Headquarters in Koforidua.
Mr Mante was arrested on February 7, 2020, and in his caution statement admitted recording the sexually explicit videos of the victim and sharing same.
The receivers of the videos confirmed to the Police during interrogation that the accused sent it to them but denied circulating on social media.