2 women fined GH¢612 for burying baby without permit

Two women arrested for allegedly burying a two-year old baby girl without permit, have been fined GH¢ 612.00 by the Abura Dunkwa District Magistrate’s court, in the Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese District of the Central Region.

Esi Janet, a traditional priestess, was fined GH¢600 and Mary Essuman, mother of the baby, was fined GH¢ 12. They both paid the fines after court proceedings on Wednesday.

They pleaded guilty to the charge of hindrance of inquest, when they appeared before the court presided over by Mrs Juliana Shormeh Mensah.

The Central Regional Public Relations Officer (PRO), Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Irene Serwaah Oppong, who confirmed the story, said the police were on a manhunt for the third suspect, only named as  Kwesi.

The Police PRO said Kweku Atta and Alexander Owusu, reported to the police that they saw the two women burying body of the baby at the cemetery.

DSP Oppong said investigations revealed that the two women engaged in the act without notifying the chief and elders of the town.

The Police PRO said Essuman and Esi reported themselves to the police, and Essuman told the police that she authorised the burial of her daughter, who was taken to the priestess for spiritual healing, but died.

Essuman also said that she engaged Kwesi, who was on the run, to bury the baby. -GNA

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