Mrs Elizabeth Arthur, is the 58-year-old woman who was apprehended by the police for cooking pepper sauce, shito, with spoilt vegetables in Koforidua in the Eastern Region. She has been jailed for one month.
According to reports from UTV, in addition to her one-month sentence, Elizabeth was fined GHC4,800.
The report also added that if the 58-year-old woman is unable to pay the fine, she will serve an extended additional 20 months in prison.
The Koforidua court that is presided over by Nana Ama Debrah Finn, gave the judgment on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, after the accused person pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against her.
The woman’s lawyers from the Legal Aid Department pleaded that the court should give her a non-custodial sentence because of her age and condition to no avail.
The woman, also known as Naana, who trades in the business of selling shito in the city, was discovered by some millers where she frequents to have her ingredients grinded.
This, according to a UTV reporter, Michael Akrofi, had been going on for a while until one of the millers decided to give a tip-off to the police to follow up on it.
The reporter disclosed that some of the items Naana uses for her shito are the peels of onions that are disposed of at ‘chop bars’.