The Accra High Court of Ghana recently threw away an appeal an by Gloria Appiah, the ex-wife of the former Ghana international Nii Odartey Lamptey, seeking an ownership of the ex-footballer’s seven-bedroom house at East Legon in Accra.
The ruling by Justice Cecilia Don-Chebe stated that: “
“On the totality of the evidence and the conduct of the parties, I am satisfied that the marriage has broken down beyond reconciliation. I will grant the order for the dissolution of the parties’ marriage celebrated under the Marriage Ordinance (Cap 127) at the Office of the Principal Registrar of Marriages, Accra on the 28th of May 1994 not only on grounds of adultery of the petitioner for which the respondent finds it intolerable to live with the petitioner but also that there has been an assault and threats of assault and an acrimonious atmosphere surrounding the matrimonial home such that it will be unreasonable to expect the petitioner to live with the respondent.
“Even though I have found exhibit ‘C’ coming from the Police as unreliable, I accept the petitioner’s evidence of assault committed on her by the respondent. In the respondent’s own evidence he admitted that there were scars arising out of aggression but the explanation he gave to the court was that the scars are marks from bleaching and self-inflicted injuries of the petitioner. It is difficult for me to accept the explanation that bleaching caused the scars and that the petitioner inflicted damage to her own skin which she has been bleaching.
“I did not lose sight also of the allegation by the petitioner that the respondent has committed adultery with one Ruweida and a Claire Ameyaw as well as other women but I found it in the circumstances of this case not safe to rely only on a mere allegation not backed by any other corroborative evidence in view of the respondent’s denial of the allegations.”
On the substantive case, the court said, “I settle the matrimonial home, H/No 18 Dadekotopon Road, Mempeasem, Accra on the respondent in addition to the Toyota Tundra with registration number, G –708313 and the BMW 3 series with registration number, GR 5322 T.”
Read the full text of the ruling below…