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Mawarko manager jailed nine months

The branch manager of Mawarko Fast Food, Jihad Chabaan, has been jailed nine months after he was found guilty of assault and causing harm to a caterer at the restaurant, Evelyn Boakye.

The ruling was handed down by Magistrate Victoria Ghansah at the Abeka District Court on Wednesday.

Jihad who manages the Abelemkpe branch of the food chain was accused of dipping the face of Evelyn Boakye into a blended pepper.

The incident which happened February 2017, caused a stir on social media and forced the state's attention to the allegation of workplace abuse.

Jihad has been in court since March, over the charges of offensive conduct, assault and causing harm.

His lawyers had at the previous hearing presented terms of an out of court settlement in an attempt to get the court to discharge the accused person.

Magistrate Victoria Ghansah rejected the terms saying an out-of-court settlement is a civil matter which has not been brought before her.

She said the case under her jurisdiction is a criminal matter.

She then proceeded to deliver her judgement on the substantive matter.

Magistrate Ghansah said prosecution had succeeded in proving beyond reasonable doubt that Jihad assaulted the caterer and also caused harm.

He was subsequently sentenced to six months in prison for assault and nine months for causing harm.

Both sentences run concurrently. Jihad's lawyers have signalled, they intend to appeal the judgement.