Marwako Abuse -The Lebanese supervisor at the Abelemkpe branch of Marwako restaurant, who poured hot pepper on his employee has been sentenced to nine months imprisonment by The Abeka District Court.
Twenty-six-year-old Jihad Chabaan was found guilty of the charge after shoving the face of an employee of the restaurant, Evelyn Boakye into blended pepper and detaining her in a locked room with the pepper on her face for over six hours.
In her judgment, The Judge, Victoria Eggs Ghansah said the prosecution had proven beyond every reasonable doubt that the accused committed the offense. The judge condemned the act cautioning employers to be careful on how they treat their employees. The court also turned down terms of the settlement by the two parties presented by the defense stating the matter before was criminal and not a civil one.
The family of the assaulted Marwako worker has expressed great satisfaction over court’s judgment. Evelyn the assaulted, was not present at the court when the judgment was announced, as she had an appointment with her doctor to check her eyes.
Marwako Abuse: Background
On February 26, The Lebanese supervisor at the Ablekpen branch of Marwako dipped the face of one of the workers Evelyn Boakye into ground fresh pepper for not working at the desired speed. According to reports, Mr. Chaaban had Evelyn’s face down in the pepper for a long time, while squeezing her neck and raining abuses on her.
Chaaban was charged with the offensive conduct, for calling the victim a prostitute and intentionally and unlawfully causing harm and assault. The Lebanese had pleaded not guilty to the charges. There had been vague reports that the Lebanese supervisor was suspended by the management of Marwako Foods.
Abuse at the workplace by expatriate bosses in Ghana has become a worrisome menace. This is said to be as a result of the seeming negligence of government in similar cases in the past. But the sentence by the Abeka District court is hoped to serve as a deterrent to other foreign employees in the country.