62-year-old 'galamseyer' jailed 20 years for pouring acid on former girlfriend

A 62-year-old illegal miner is in the grip of the law for pouring liquid suspected to be acid on his former girlfriend, Victoria Salamatu Safia, 35, at Prestea in the Western Region.


The man has been jailed for 20 years in hard labour by the Tarkwa Circuit Court.

The convict, John Tandoh, also known as Kojo Egyaguma, accused of causing harm, pleaded guilty to the charge during his first appearance before the presiding judge, Mrs. Hathia Ama Manu.

Reports by GNA stated that records from the Tarkwa Local Prison revealed that in 2012, Tandoh was sentenced to 16 years for a similar offence but was discharged on amnesty in June 2020 after serving eight years.

Superintendent of Police Juliana Essel-Dadzie, prosecuting, said Tandoh and the victim lived in Prestea and were working as partners in an illegal mining site within the vicinity for a year.


She said during the course of work, the convict proposed love to Victoria, and she agreed, and the two had been living together since.

After months, the victim noticed Tandoh’s attitude had changed towards her and he always quarrelled with her without any provocation, so she advised herself and decided to end the relationship.

On October 20, 2023, at about 0700 hours, the two went to the usual mining site to prospect for gold.

While going about their respective duties, a misunderstanding ensued between them, and Tandoh left for town, the prosecutor said.

Superintendent Essel-Dadzie informed the court that after a few minutes, Tandoh returned to the site with a bowl covered with a polythene bag, and the victim thought it was food.


The prosecution said the convict walked towards the victim, attacked her, and poured the liquid suspected to be acid on her head, face, and other parts of the body.

The victim sustained severe burns and screamed in pain for assistance, and a witness who was working nearby went to the scene and attempted to apprehend Tandoh.

However, he pulled a knife, threatened to stab him, and bolted.

Superintendent Essel-Dadzie said Victoria was rushed to the Prestea Government hospital, where she is currently on admission and receiving treatment.

The prosecutor said on the same day, at about 1430 hours, Tandoh was arrested from his hideout and handed over to the police in Prestea.


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