2 jailed 12 months over assault on St John’s teachers

•    Mr. Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan — IGP

• Mr. Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan — IGP

Two men accused of assaulting some teachers at the St. John’s Primary 1 & 2 school at Accra Newtown, have been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment with hard labour.

The accused persons pleaded guilty to various counts of conspiracy and assault.

The Nima Divisional Police Commander, ACP Nuhu Jango, confirmed this to Citi News, noting that, the police had “arrested three persons, a lady and the two male assailants, Swallah and Hamza.”

He added that, “all the three pleaded guilty to the charges. They were given five counts of offences they committed and they pleaded guilty to all. The court sentenced Hamza and Swallah to 12 months imprisonment with hard labour”

According to ACP Jango, one other suspect is currently on the run but assured that the police would ensure that he is apprehended and put before court.

ACP Jango also stated that “the female student at the center of the controversy has also been found guilty of conspiring with the convicts, and is yet to be sentenced by a Juvenile Court on Thursday.”

A class five pupil of the school was reported to have called in thugs who invaded the school and assaulted the teachers. This was after the said girl was punished by her teacher for a misdemeanor.
The student was reported to have left the classroom only to return in about 20 minutes with the thugs who attacked the female teachers with canes and knives.

The school was shut down temporarily after the incident and the teachers who suffered the attacks transferred by the Ghana Educational Service (GES) to ensure their safety.

A total of 17 suspects were arrested in connection with the assault and three policemen were assigned to ensure the safety of teachers and students of the school after an intervention by the Ghana National Association of Teachers and the National Association of Graduate Teachers, NAGRAT.

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