A district court in Ghana’s capital Accra has handed a nine month imprisonment sentence to the Lebanese supervisor of Marwako restaurant in Accra, Jihad Chaaban.
The presiding judge Victoria Efua Ghansah delivering her judgment said she was fully convinced by the prosecution that the accused indeed committed the offence.
The genesis of the case happened in February 2017, caused a stir on social media and forced the state’s attention to the allegation of workplace abuse.
Since March 2017, Jihad has been in court over the charges of offensive conduct, assault and causing harm.
The attorneys of the Lebanese supervisor had at the previous hearing presented terms of an out of court settlement in an attempt to get the court to discharge the accused person.
However, the magistrate Victoria Ghansah who was on the case rejected.
According to her the case under her jurisdiction is a criminal matter and this made her proceed to deliver her judgement on the substantive matter.
Magistrate Ghansah said prosecution had succeeded in proving beyond reasonable doubt that Jihad assaulted the caterer and also caused harm.
He was subsequently sentenced to Six (6) months in prison for assault and Nine (9) months for causing harm.
Both sentences run concurrently. Jihad’s lawyers have signalled, they intend to appeal the judgement.
Chaaban was also charged with the offensive conduct by calling the victim a prostitute and intentionally and unlawfully causing harm and assault.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.