Father Bonded For Assaulting Son Over GH¢5
By Helena Selby
A 40 year old carpenter has been sentenced to six months imprisonment by an Accra Circuit Court for mercilessly beating up his eight year old son, over the loss of GH¢5.
Samuel Okyere, who is a single parent, angrily caned his son upon realising that he had lost GH¢5 which was meant for food on that fateful day.
Samuel Okyere, after the act, refused to send the victim to the hospital, despite his acquiring serious injuries on parts of his body and head.
A witness who saw the condition of the victim caused the arrest of the convict, and the victim was later sent to the hospital for treatment.
Samuel Okyere pleaded guilty with the explanation to the charge of causing harm before the court presided over by Ms Sedina Abgemeva. He explained that his behaviour was not intentional, but as a single parent, he was frustrated and desperate.
The court made him to sign a bond of good behaviour, or in default will serve six months imprisonment in hard labour.
The court further ordered that a social welfare officer be visiting the home every three months to see the progress of the victim’s condition, and submit a report to the court quarterly.
In July 2013, Samuel Okyere brought the victim from his grandfather’s home at Koforidua in the Eastern Region to live with him in Osu, a suburb of Accra.
According to the Prosecutor, Chief Inspector Veronica Ofei, on August 6, 201, Samuel Okyere gave GH¢5 to the victim to be spent on food when he was leaving home for work, but went back home only to be informed that the victim had lost the money.
According to her, Samuel Ofei became very angry, and caned the victim ruthlessly, during which the victim sustained serious injuries on the back, parts of his body and head, to the extent of bleeding.
She said the convict, after beating the victim, refused to send him to the hospital for treatment, but instead decided to use warm water for the treatment of the victim’s injuries and pain.
‘The next day, after the victim was beating, he was spotted by a Good Samaritan, and seeing the condition of the victim, reported the case to the Osu police station, where medical report form was issued for the victim to be medically examined,’ the Prosecutor stated.
Chief Inspector Ofei told the court that the case was later transferred to the Domestic Violence Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU), and Samuel Okyere arrested.
She further added that in the caution statement of Samuel Okyere, he admitted the offence and was granted police enquiry bail to be reporting to the unit periodically.
The condition of the victim, however, on August 11, 2013 began to deteriorate, so he was rushed to the La General Hospital, where he was admitted for six days, she added.
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