A heartbreaking story of a watchman who was sentenced to 8-years imprisonment for catapulting an intruder was shared by Hypes Media.
The watchman’s take-home salary is GHC150.
The watchman’s story is one of many that shows that our judicial system needs an overhaul.
It further describes how unfavorable it is to be poor in the country.
Charles Ayisala is the watchman whose cries were made know by Crime Check.
Crime Check is a crime prevention advocacy that uses life in prison documentaries to help check crime.
See the full report as shared on Facebook by Hypes Media;
“Charles Ayisala, a watchman is serving an 8yr prison sentence for using a catapult to cause harm to an intruder.
The educated intruder sneaked into one of the rooms Ayisala was keeping watch over and shit on the floor.
When Ayisala approached the man to find out why he had to do that, a fight ensued.
According to the watchman, the heavily built intruder held his throat and nearly strangled him to death.
Fearing for his life, he struck a shot with the catapult which unfortunately hit the intruder’s eye.
The uneducated Ayisala who earns 150gh a month on his job, could not hire the services of a lawyer when he was dragged to court.
He was asked to pay six thousand two hundred cedis to the state and three thousand cedis to the intruder or in default serve 8yrs in prison.
He couldn’t pay. His boss whom he has served diligently over the years did not pay for him either.
Amidst tears from Ayisala, his wife, and five kids, the forty-six-year-old watchman had to face the world alone at his new destination in prison.
After serving four years in jail, good samaritan Ali Ibrahim gave us money to pay Ayisala’s fine. He could not but weep when I broke the news to him.
Mr. Ali Ibrahim, may the Almighty Allah richly bless you. May you never lack.
Let’s help bring out more Ayisalas from prison. They don’t deserve to be in jail.”