A couple have appeared before the Madina Magistrate Court, presided over by Mr Ernest K. A. Adjanor, charged with assault and conspiracy to cause harm.
According to the prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mary Esinam Ahafianyo, the victim is a nine-year-old boy who is a biological brother of Josephine Adorsu, 24, and lives with her and the husband, Francis Boudie, 33, at Ashaley Botwe, a suburb of Accra.
She said for some time now, the couple, both teachers, had been subjecting the victim to severe beatings, which have resulted in visible marks all over his body.
According to the prosecutor, the complainant, who lives in the same house with the couple, reported their conduct to the police and after investigations, Adorsu was served with a letter warning her not to treat the boy callously again.
ASP Ahafianyo added that Adorsu pleaded with the police to hand over the victim back to her, since the victim is her brother, and that she would henceforth love and care for him.
Her request was granted and she took the victim home, but on October 24, 2013, the couple beat the victim up mercilessly and locked him outside.
A neighbour who is a witness in the case went to his rescue and offered him a place to sleep.
He said the witness catered for him for some days but the couple did not show any sign of remorse. They rather warned the victim not to return to them.
ASP Ahafianyo said a report was later made to the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) at Madina. The victim was sent to hospital where he was treated and discharged.
The couple were apprehended and upon investigations, they were charged before court.
Mr Adjanor later advised that the case be transferred to another legal unit to be settled through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).
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