Pankshin - A husband, Zakka Guluah on Wednesday appeared in a Pankshin Upper Area Court for allegedly burning the hands of his 75-year-old wife for witchcraft activities.
Also arraigned was the woman’s son, Samuel, four family members, Albert Guluah, Daniel Rinmang, John Rinmang and Kwamchi Dawan all of Jwakkat village in Lankan District of Pankshin Local Government.
They are being tried for criminal conspiracy, causing grievous hurt and defamation of character contrary to sections 97, 247, 392 and 214 of the Penal Code.
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They pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Prosecutor Yakubu Musa told the court that on June 23, the accused persons conspired and defamed the character of the septuagenerian by branding her a witch.
“My Lord, the accused persons did not stop at that, they forcefully dragged her out of COCIN Church, Mill, where she was kept in custody of a pastor, took her home and forcefully burnt her two hands on ground that she is a witch.
The Upper Area court judge, Joseph Chollom, after listening to the prosecutor advise the accused to get a lawyer that would defend them, and adjourned the case till November 3.