Man burns fingers of 7 year-old daughter

A 34-year-old mason, who allegedly burnt the fingers of his seven-year-old daughter, has appeared before a magistrate court here, charged with causing harm.

Kwabena Yeboah, who accused the daughter of eating his food, has also been charged with threat of death, for threatening to kill his girlfriend with a club.

His plea to the charges was not taken and he was remanded into prison custody, to re-appear on August 17, 2016.

Presenting the facts of the case, Sergeant Michael Koole, told the court presided over by Mr. Korkor Owusu Achiaw that, Yeboah lives together                                                                                                        with his girlfriend, Adwoa Dansowaa, a petty trader, and the daughter at Achiase Wansamire, near Asuofua in Ashanti Region.

On July 5, 2016, the prosecution said that Yeboah returned from work and realised that his daughter had consumed his soup; he beat her and topped it by putting the fingers of her left hand into fire, causing injuries to her and failed to send the girl to the hospital.

According to the prosecution on the next day, Yeboah accused the girlfriend, Dansowaa, of stealing his GH¢5.00, which resulted in an argument between them.

Sergeant Koole said Yeboah attempted to harm Dansowaa with a club but she was rescued by neigbours.

Dansowaa reported the matter to the Police at Asuofua leading to the arrest of Yeboah on July 7, 2016, and the suspect later handed over to the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) for further investigations.

The police sent the daughter to the Suntreso Government Hospital, and the hospital had been asked to put the little girl under the care of American Relief Centre, a non-governmental organisation in Kumasi, till the determination of the case, the prosecution said.

Sgt. Korley said, Yeboah in his police caution statement, admitted causing harm to the daughter and threatening Dansowaa.

From Kingsley E. Hope and Faustina Kwabea Osei, Kumasi

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