A 32-year-old woman is facing the law for allegedly dipping the hands of her husband’s 10-year-old niece in hot water, severely injuring her in the process.
Vera Koranteng pleaded not guilty to causing harm when she appeared before the Odumase-Krobo Circuit Court in the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality in the Eastern Region.
She was remanded by the court, presided over by Mr Francis Gbedzro, to reappear on October 15, this year.
It is the case of the prosecution that Vera warned the girl not to tell her uncle that the injury was as a result of the hot water, rather “you fell into oil.”
Presenting the facts, the prosecutor, Detective Sergeant Leticia Acheampomaa, said the girl had been living with her uncle and his wife, Vera, at Kpong in the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality, for the past one-and-half years.
She said on July 15, this year, Vera asked the girl to clean their room which the girl did, but Vera was not convinced that the work had been done.
According to her, Vera then dipped the girl’s two hands in hot water which made her cry and shout for help.
The prosecutor told the court that the accused upon seeing that the victim was hurt, held her two hands and dipped them in a bucket of cold water and warned her not to disclose her ordeal to anybody, including her husband, the uncle of the victim.
“When your uncle comes and asks you about what happened, tell him that you fell into oil which I used to fry fish, otherwise I shall punish you severely,” the accused is reported to have said.
She added that the girl’s hands started deforming and her health also deteriorated seriously.
The prosecutor said on September 21, this year, another uncle of the victim visited the accused person’s husband and upon seeing the child’s condition, sent her to her parents at Kpetoe in the Volta Region, where the victim narrated her ordeal.
The parents, therefore, lodged a complaint at the police station, leading to the arrest of Vera and her husband.
She was initially granted a police enquiry bail until investigations were completed when she was re-arrested on October 1, this year and arraigned.