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09.06.2005 Crime & Punishment

Tailor remanded for grilling son's leg over 1,500 cedis


Accra, June 9, GNA - A Circuit Court in Accra on Thursday remanded into prison custody a 27-year-old tailor for burning his son's right leg and hand with a candle light for stealing his 1,500 cedis. Jonh Torku, charged with causing harm, pleaded guilty. The court remanded Torku until June 15, for sentencing.

The Prosecution said the victim aged 10 years lived with his father, Torku at Musuku, near Kwabenya in Accra. On May 29, this year Torku returned from work, invited the victim into his room and questioned him for stealing 1,500 cedis. Prosecution said the victim refused to tell the truth, hence Torku became furious, tied the victim's hand with a measuring tape, lit a candle and used it on the victims' right leg and hand.

The victim sustained burns but Torku kept quiet over the issue until May 31, this year when a neighbour saw the victim's condition reported the matter to the Police. Prosecution said Torku was arrested and sent to the Women and Juvenile Unit (WAJU) while the victim was sent to the Police Hospital for treatment. The victim was later sent to Osu Children's home for shelter.