Farmer jailed for harming grandson

By Erica
Apeatua Addo, GNA

Tarkwa (W/R), Sept. 14, GNA – A Tarkwa circuit
court has sentenced a farmer to a 36- months jail term for causing harm to his
13 year-old grandson, resulting in the amputation his  left leg .

The convict, Esobillah Azure, 48, pleaded not
guilty.

Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Faustina
Celestina Anaman, told the Court, presided over by Mr Emmanuel Bart-Plange
Brew, that the complainant, Kwasi Michael, a farmer, resides at Nyamebekyere, a
farming community near Kwahu in the Aowin Municipality , whilst Azure and his
family, including the victim, lived in a cottage close to the area.

She said during the recent school holidays,
the convict’s wife and children travelled to their home town in Bolgatanga in
the Upper East Region.

They, however, left behind the victim, Michael
Atanga, who is a primary two pupil of Nyamebekyere Municipal/Assembly Primary School.

She said the convict, at a point, asked the
victim to stop attending school and help him in his farming activities, but the
victim refused and pleaded with Azure to take him to his mother in Bolgatanga.

On April 24, this year, at about 0700 hrs, the
convict raised the same issue and warned the victim to adhere to his advice
else he would deal with him drastically.

The victim then told Azure he would not
abandon his academics for farm work.

Chief Inspector Anaman said Azure, who became
offended, beat the victim mercilessly and in the process, used a machete to
inflicted wounds on his left leg.

She said though the victim was bleeding
profusely, the convict went for a kitchen stool and hit the leg several times
until it got fractured.

After the inhuman act, the convict dumped the
victim in his room, left the house.

On April 30, at about 0600 hours, whilst the
complainant was passing by Azure’s cottage to his farm, he saw blood stains in
his compound with flies all over.

The complainant then went closer and heard
someone groaning in the room and upon entering, he saw the victim lying in a
pool of blood with deep cuts on the left leg.

She said the complainant rushed to the
community and informed the opinion leaders, who came and conveyed the victim to
the Enchi Government Hospital for treatment.

They later made a report to the Police and the
convict was apprehended from his hideout.

The prosecution told the court that on May 2,
Dr Frank Agbermordzi, Medical Officer in charge of the Enchi Government
Hospital, amputated the victim’s left leg due to infection.

GNA

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