Jihad Chaaban Court dismisses Marwako supervisor's bail application

Jihad Chaaban was sentenced to nine months imprisonment by the Abeka District Court after he was found guilty on the charge of causing harm

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An Accra High Court has dismissed a bail application filed by Jihad Chaaban, the Lebanese supervisor of the Abelemkpe branch of Marwako Fast Foods Limited.

The court presided over by Mr. Justice Ekow Baiden ruled that defence Counsel failed to convince the court by providing it with documents indicating the appeal process had begun and that the appeal could also succeed.

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Jihad Chaaban was sentenced to nine months imprisonment by the Abeka District Court after he was found guilty on the charge of causing harm and assaulting Ms. Evelyn Boakye.

Lawyers for Chaaban said they do not agree with the judgement and would appeal the process.

His counsel said "We entirely disagree with the findings of the court. We thought that we put up a very good defense. She [the judge] thought otherwise."

 

But the state contended that the chances of Jihad Chaaban's appeal were slim, hence bail should not be granted.

Background to his jail term

A district court at Abeka Lapaz has handed a nine month imprisonment sentence to 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.

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The Lebanese boss rubbed his worker Evelyn Boakye's face in blended pepper.

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.

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.

 

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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.

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