The Divorce and Matrimonial division of the Accra High Court has officially ended the marriage between Director of Communications at Ghana’s seat of government, Eugene Arhin and wife, Gloria Arhin.
According to a report by the Daily Guide, the court presided over by Justice Cecilia Don Chebe Agbeyey, granted the divorce wish of Gloria Assan; however refused to grant all the properties which Gloria demanded in compensation.
The report said the court in its judgement stated that Gloria Assan could not provide evidence to substantiate her claims of adultery against Eugene.
In her ruling, Justice Cecilia Don-Chebe Agbevey held that: “a person who makes an averment or assertion, which is denied by his opponent has the burden to establish that his averment or assertion is true.
“And, he does not discharge this burden unless he leads admissible and credible evidence from which the fact or facts he asserts can properly and safely be inferred. The nature of each averment or assertion determines the degree and nature of that burden.”
“Direct evidence of adultery is rare. In nearly every case, the fact of adultery is inferred from the circumstances which by fair and necessary inference lead to that conclusion. There must be proof of disposition and opportunity for committing adultery but the conjunction of strong inclination with evidence of opportunity will not lead to an irrefutable presumption that adultery has been committed.
“Likewise, the Court was not bound to infer adultery from evidence of opportunity alone.”
“The petitioner (Gloria) merely repeated her pleadings, and thereby failed woefully to adduce evidence of circumstances that would have enabled the Court to make the necessary inference to the effect that the Respondent (Eugene Arhin) committed adultery”
Upon the court’s instructions, Eugene is expected to pay a sum of GHC100,000 to Gloria Assan who also won the rights to a five-bedroom uncompleted house in the Kpone Katamanso district.
She was further given three vehicles with registration numbers GE 4646-18, GE 7108-18 and GE 4646-19.