Jihad Chaaban, the Marwako restaurant supervisor who provoked national outrage by dipping the face of a worker in raw pepper, has been charged with assault and may end up in jail if found guilty.
Chaaban, made his first appearance in court today, tried hard to prevent the case from heading to court, but his effort were futile.
Despite his apology to the victim, Evelyn Boakye, the case is moving forward and he faces the prospect of going to jail for a few years.
A Daily Graphic report said he grabbed Evelyn's neck and dipped her face into raw pepper for several minutes.
Other workers who were present as Evelyn was being maltreated, looked on helplessly due to threats from Chaaban to dismiss anyone who came close, the report said.
The development sparked a firestorm of controversy and outrage, with thousands of Ghanaians threatening to boycott Marwako.
Following the intense public outrage, Chaaban apologoised to Evelyn.
“I wish very sincerely to personally apologise to you for the incident on the night of 26 February 2017 at our Ablenkpe place of work.”
“True to God, all I sought to do was to point you to something I found wrong. I admit I was angry a bit at the moment and saw you panic and accidentally resulting in the pepper splashing onto your face. …I very sincerely regret the incident and apologise to you,” he wrote in a letter.
But she rejected the apology, saying that she wanted justice to prevail in the matter.
“I cannot accept the apology because if the police had not come in, the matter would have been a foolish case,” she said.
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