At Kintampo North Municipal in the Bono East Region, a 32-year-old lady was detained by the police after burning her niece with a hot iron over GHC2 worth of fried groundnuts.
The woman was detained by the Kintampo Divisional Police Command for using a hot iron to severely burn her 10-year-old niece.
The arrest was made on November 23, 2022, at a magazine in Kintampo as a result of a tip from a source who is thought to be a close neighbor of both the suspect and the victim.
The suspect, Mrs. Rebecca Akantoge, was processed for court at the Techiman circuit court on Friday, November 25, 2022, according to a source from the Kintampo Divisional Police Command, but the court was unable to hear the case that day. However, she was given bail and told to show up again on Monday, November 28, 2022. She has since been accused of harming people.
Shiela Akantoge, the victim, was being cared for inside the Domestic Violence & Victims Support Unit, DOVVSU, at the time that we visited the police station. She had been treated and released from the Kintampo Municipal Hospital.
Since infancy, Sheila Akantoge (the victim) has been cared for by her paternal aunt, Mrs. Rebecca Akantoge, who is considered a suspect because Sheila’s mother abandoned and left her after she and her husband (Sheila’s father) separated.
According to information from our sources, Sheila’s single father has been unable to care for her because he has been bedridden for a number of years due to a horrible disease. He is the senior brother of the suspect.
Inspector Augustina Dwamena, who oversees the Kintampo Divisional Police Command’s Domestic Violence & Victims Support Unit, revealed that one of the officers at their station got Sheila’s images and a call. from a source rumored to reside in the same neighborhood as Sheila and the suspect, the informant. Inspector Dwamena claims that the aforementioned officer responded quickly, asking for directions to where they lived before making the arrest.
She added that during their investigations, the girl told them that on that particular Wednesday, her aunt had given her two Ghana cedis (GHC2) to spend on some groundnuts.
Her aunt had already left the home when she returned with the groundouts, so she felt hungry and started to chew some of the nuts. Sheila was severely beaten before having a hot iron applied to her chest and stomach by her aunt after she found Sheila had eaten part of the groundnuts upon returning to the house. We are informed that Sheila was using the iron to iron her school uniform at the time the suspect sent her. Sheila herself provided a brief narration that corroborated the officer’s account.
However, the suspect, Mrs. Rebecca Akantoge, has denied touching the victim with the hot iron. The victim rather fell on the iron, the victim’s story goes, according to the police.
Chief superintendent Samuel Kofi Gamson, the Kintampo Divisional Police Commander, who also declined to speak to the media, has stated that talks are currently taking place with the Kintampo Social Welfare Department on how to identify the victim’s mother or find a different caregiver for her.
Source: The Metrolense