Farmer in court for depriving son food, education

Henry Kofi Dzampe, a farmer at Akome, near Ho, in the Volta Region, was arraigned at the Ho District Magistrate Court last Tuesday, for depriving his six-year-old son of food, education and clothing.

The plea of Dzampe, who is charged with physical abuse and assault, was not taken.

Although he was granted bail in the sum of GHc2,000, Dzampe was unable to execute the bail bond, and was escorted back into police custody.

Sergeant Clever Ayayee, prosecuting, told the court presided by Mr. Robert Addo that a student of the University of Health and Allied Science (UHAS), Ho, who was on intra-semester training at Akome, spotted the extremely malnourished child in the village.

He said that investigations by the student revealed that the boy had been a victim of persistent physical abuse and unmitigated starvation.

Sgt Ayayee said the student alerted his supervising lecturer, who informed the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU), about the boy’s plight, leading to the arrest of the accused.

According to the prosecution, a medical examination carried out on the boy at the Volta Regional Hospital, Ho, revealed that he was suffering from chronic malnutrition and malaria.

The court heard that some witnesses told the police of how the accused often maltreated his son.

Hearing continues on March 27.



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