- A 5-month-old pregnant lady has been sentenced to two years in prison
- The lady was convicted over a fight she had with her husband's 'girlfriend' in her matrimonial home
- Her jail term follows her inability to pay a fine of GHC3,400 imposed on her by the court
A pregnant woman who reportedly fought her husband’s girlfriend has been sentenced to a two-year jail term.
According to a human rights advocate identified as Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng, the woman’s husband brought his girlfriend to their house and allegedly gave her his wife’s cloth to put on.
Shocked by the husband's behaviour, the pregnant woman confronted the 'rival' and attacked her with a pair of sandals.
She was eventually arrested and arraigned in court where she was subsequently sentenced.
Apart from being five months pregnant, the lady also has a one and half-year-old son who will be staying in prison with her.
Kwarteng who met the unfortunate lady at the Nsawam Female Prison through his Crime Check Foundation (CCF), decried the justice system's failure to give considerations in such instances.
He further appealed for help to pay off a GHC 3,400 fine imposed on her by the court in order to get her released.
Posting a photo of the lady and himself, Kwarteng wrote:
"I encountered this beautiful young lady at the Nsawam Female Prison last week. She has been convicted for 2 years with a 5 months old pregnancy, and came into the prison with her one and a half year old son. Her offence? She tells me her “husband” brought in his girlfriend into the house and gave the lady her dress to wear.
She couldn’t believe what was unfolding in her eyes and could not contain the humiliation. She confronted the lady and a fight ensued. In the course of the struggle, she hit the lady with a sandals she laid hands on and was jailed for assault. Since coming to prison, this so-called husband has never visited her.
My appeal is for some of our judges to fully consider the overall context of events before handing down sentences. I have a feeling they are sometimes misled by the police? For how long will the Alternative Sentencing Bill which could possibly prescribe community sentences in such cases, continue to gather dust in Parliament?
Shouldn’t pregnant women be given suspended sentences instead? I simply don’t understand why the Criminal Offences Act 1960 which obviously needs a review after so many years of usage continue to dictate the pace. We are all not safe!
She has a fine of 1400 Ghs to pay and another 2000 for the injuries caused to her attacker, making it 3400 Ghs in all to secure her release. You may want to help! At Crime Check Foundation, CCF, we champion the cause of the poor and the voiceless. Join us do so!"
This is the second such case of a pregnant woman being sentenced to jail over a fight.
As earlier reported by YEN.com.gh, the Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Letsa, has offered to pay a fine of GHC 1,500 to rescue a pregnant jailed teenager at the Ho Prisons.
The convict, Rose Ashabi, is currently serving a six-month prison term at the Ho Female Prisons due to her inability to pay a fine of GHC 1,500.
The 18-year-old was sentenced to the prison by a Magistrate Court in May on charges of assault.
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