Woman remanded for throwing caustic soda on husband’s face

Housewife and accused person Fatmata Socco of 3 Second Street in Kenema has made her first appearance before presiding magistrate Joseph Tobi at magistrate court no.2 on three count charges of wounding with intent contrary to section 18 of the Offences Against the Persons Act 1861, wounding contrary to section 20 of the Offences Against the Persons Act 1861 and assault occasioning actual bodily harm contrary to section 47 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861.

The particulars of offence state that on Tuesday 30th June 2020 at 3 Second Street in Kenema Socco wounded Ansumana Kanneh of the same address with intent to do him grievous bodily harm to maim, disfigure or disable him; that on the same date, time and place she maliciously wounded Ansumana Kanneh; and assaulted him in a manner thereby occasioning actual bodily harm.

The charge was read to her, but no plea was made.

Principal witness Ansumana Kanneh testified he’d had no conflict with his wife for three months. However, on the fateful day, while attending a funeral session on good terms, all of a sudden her mood changed into jealousy “when someone remarked that my first child in the village resembled me. From that point she grew annoyed and resorted to throwing soda on my face. Her own daughter also resembled me”.

Konneh said he is still unable to see with both eyes.

Inspector Aiah Mafinda Teh from the Legal Justice and Support Department is prosecuting the matter, which was adjourned to 16th July 2020.

By Saffa B. Moriba in Kenema