The Abeka District Court in Accra, on Thursday, March 8, 2018, sentenced Jihad Chaaban, the Lebanese supervisor of the Abelemkpe branch of Marwako Restaurant, to nine months in prison.
The verdict was reached in respect of the offense of dipping the face of Evelyn Boakye, a caterer of the eatery, into blended pepper, on Sunday, February 26, 2017.
The court, presided over by Victoria Guansah, again handed a six-month jail term to the convict for the offense of assault without the option of a fine. Both sentences are to run concurrently.
The court argued that the judgment is intended to serve as a deterrence to employers who maltreat their employees.
The prosecution stated that accused exhibited offensive conduct when he referred to the complainant as a ‘prostitute’.
He initially denied the charges, but was nonetheless found culpable and accordingly jailed after a six-month trail.
The court was convinced that as Chaaban held the neck of the complainant without her consent, that amounted to assault. He was reported to have initially admitted it, but later denied same in court.