A 21-year-old Nigerian woman has been sentenced to three years in prison by the Adentan Circuit Court for stabbing her colleague over clothes.
The convict, Mercy Ayimode, pleaded guilty to the charge of causing harm, leading to her conviction by Judge Mrs Sedinam Awo Balokah.
The incident occurred in Madina, Accra, and involved two Nigerian nationals residing in the area.
According to the prosecution, Mercy had been evicted from her residence by her landlady and was subsequently accommodated by the complainant, Victoria Dennies.
As an act of goodwill, Victoria lent Mercy some clothes after the landlady confiscated her belongings.
However, tensions between the two escalated when Mercy demanded repayment of a GH¢100 debt she claimed Victoria owed her.
Despite Victoria managing to repay the debt, the relationship between the two soured further as Mercy demanded the return of the borrowed garments.
On May 9, 2023, a scuffle broke out between Victoria and Mercy over the disputed clothes while two others were at the scene.
Witnesses intervened and separated the individuals involved.
However, in a shocking turn of events, Mercy grabbed a broken bottle and proceeded to stab Victoria multiple times all over her body.
Witnesses at the scene quickly apprehended Mercy and handed her over to the police.
The severity of the attack led to the prosecution pursuing charges of causing harm against Mercy. The court’s decision to sentence Mercy to three years imprisonment reflects the seriousness of the crime committed.
The ruling serves as a reminder of the consequences individuals face for resorting to violence, even in disputes over seemingly trivial matters.
Also, the case serves as a sobering reminder of the need for effective communication and conflict management in our communities.