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Ghana jails two women for lynching 90-year-old accused of witchcraft

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A court in Ghana has sentenced two women to 12 years imprisonment for their roles in the murder of a 90-year-old women in 2020.

The two women, Hajia Mohammed Serena and Latifa Bomaye were instrumental in the lynching of the elderly woman, Akua Denteh at Kafaba in the Savannah Region.

The two convicts were charged with attempted murder and murder. Seven others who were also arrested in connection with the incident were however acquitted.

Akua Denteh’s murder in 2020 over witchcraft accusations sparked outrage in Ghana with rights activists calling for justice.

In a disturbing video that went viral at the time, the deceased, who could be heard refuting allegations that she is a witch, was pushed down by a mob and beaten mercilessly.

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The convicted women were captured slapping, whipping and hitting the old woman’s head with a heavy item, with the community members cheering them on.

When an inspection was carried out on the body of the victim, a cut on the forehead and bruises on the right arm were discovered.


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