Woman Bites Off Carpenters’ Nose

The dreams of an unemployed woman, Khadija Alhassan’s to own a shop was put on hold after she was sentenced to three years in prison for biting off the nose of the carpenter working on the shop. This was after a misunderstanding ensured between her and the carpenter, Benjamin Williams over GH¢5. The accused person was arraigned in an Accra Circuit Court presided over by Audrey Kocuvie-Tay and charged with causing unlawful harm. She admitted the offence and prayed for mitigation of sentence saying she was sorry and would not do that again. The trial judge consequently had her sentenced to three years in prison. The facts of the case as presented by Chief Inspector Ophelia Denteh are that the complainant is Benjamin Williams, a carpenter while the accused person is an unemployed woman and they both live at Tuobodom around Kwame Nkrumah Circle. According to her, Khadija on November 15, 2013 gave the carpenter GH¢25.00 to buy some materials to work on a shop for her. She said the complainant took the money and bought materials needed for the work all valued at GH¢20.00, leaving a change of GH¢5.00. The prosecuting officer said on November 18, 2013 at about 8:00pm Khadija went to the complainant to demand the remaining money from him and a misunderstanding ensured between them. Furthermore, the police officer noted that the accused person, in the heat of the misunderstanding, bit off the nose of the carpenter. In addition, she said the complainant bled profusely and was rushed to the hospital, after which the accused person was arrested. Explaining further, Inspector Denteh said Khadija, in her caution statement, denied she bit off the complainant’s nose but rather used a stone to hit him in the course of the misunderstanding. The prosecutor said the accused person was charged with the offence after police concluded investigations.