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Court grants bail to grandparents who burnt girl's buttocks
From: Ghana | Daily Graphic          Published On: February 8, 2013, 06:10 GMT
 
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Court grants bail to grandparents who burnt  girl's buttocks

The grandparents - Christina Torkonu, 50, a fish monger, and James Agbamavo, 65, an electrician - pleaded not guilty to the charge of causing harm to the girl.


On Thursday, an Accra Circuit Court granted a GH˘30,000.00 bail with three sureties to the couple who burned their 11-year-old granddaughter’s buttocks because she wets her bed.

The grandparents - Christina Torkonu, 50, a fish monger, and James Agbamavo, 65, an electrician - pleaded not guilty to the charge of causing harm to the girl.

They are scheduled to reappear in court on March 5, 2013.

When the two appeared in court, their counsel, Mr Gohoho, pleaded with the presiding judge to grant the accused persons bail because of their ages.

According to him, the two did not commit the act intentionally and should therefore be allowed bail.

Presiding judge Selina Agbemava clarified that the granting of bail is not dependent on age.

The grandparents found themselves on the wrong side of the law after allegedly compelling their 11-year-old granddaughter, who is a bed wetter, to sit in a basin of hot water; an action that caused serious injuries to her buttocks and rendered her bedridden.

Police arrested them following a tip-off by an informant.

The facts of the case as presented by ASP Sarah Ekua Acquah are that the informant reported the incident on January 8, 2013 after the grandparents had kept the girl, a class three pupil, out of the public eye in an attempt to conceal the crime.

The police responded swiftly to the information and with the help of the informant, managed to locate the house, where they arrested the two suspects.

During interrogation, Ms Torkonu confirmed to the police that they had, indeed, made their granddaughter to sit in the hot water.

She also confirmed that the girl sustained severe wounds and that she was in the room at the time.

When Ms Torkonu brought out the victim, the police observed that the victim could neither walk nor sit.

They reported that the child’s injury was so severe that the she struggled to attend to the call of nature.

ASP Acquah said the suspects were immediately arrested and the victim was sent to the Police Hospital, where she is receiving medical attention.


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