A 45-year old trader, who assaulted her three year old nephew with wire for begging for food, has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment by an Accra Circuit Court.
The court explained that considering the gravity of the offence, the harm caused the victim and the incalculable psychological damage done to the victim, Aku Korshie, the convict should serve seven years imprisonment.
The victim is said to have suffered multiple marks over his body and genital parts.
At the Police Station Aku Korshie is said to have admitted beating the victim up on different occasions for defecating on himself.
Aku Korshie who was held for abusing the victim physically and causing harm to the victim from January this year to date, pleaded guilty on Friday May 6 nd was but the court deferred sentence to Monday May 8.
Handing the sentence the court presided over by Mrs Marian Affoh ordered Korshie to pay GHC 5,000 cedis as compensation to the victim.
It further ordered that the victim remains at the Osu Children’s Home, adding that whoever would come as a parent would have to do a DNA test.
According to the court the cost of the DNA test should be borne by the mother or father.
Prosecuting Detective Inspector Kofi Atimbire told the court that Emelia Tetteh, the complainant, is a baker while the accused is an aunt to the victim.
Prosecution said early January this year, Korshie brought the victim from Kajadornya, a town near Ada, in the Greater Accra, to reside with her.
Inspector Atimbire said ever since the victim arrived, witnesses alleged that the accused had been beating and punishing him on various occasions.
He said neighbours complained to the accused to desist from these act but she would not listen and rather pick quarrels with them.
On May 1, this year, the complainant found multiple marks of assault on the victim’s body when he came begging for food from her and when the accused person was confronted she denied the act.
Subsequently, the victim was brought to the Domestic Violence and Victim’s Support Unit (DOVVSU), Accra.
At DOVVSU, prosecution said, the victim’s body was examined and officials found fresh marks of assault and scars all over his body.
Prosecution said Korshie was picked up by the Police and the victim was sent to the Police Hospital for medical examination and treatment.
When the Police questioned Korshie, she admitted beating up the victim on different occasions for defecating on himself.