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Bantama gang rape suspects jailed 36 months

By Maame Aba Afful
Bantama gang rape suspects jailed 36 months
Bantama gang rape suspects jailed 36 months

A Juvenile Court in Kumasi has handed four of the suspects in the Bantama gang rape incident a 36-month jail term.

 The suspects are to serve their sentence in a 'Senior Correctional Facility'.

Three of the suspects were charged with defilement and conspiracy to defile, while the other one was charged with aiding and abetting the crime.

One of the suspects, Ernest Asare, who the court established was not a juvenile, was on May 30, 2018, handed a 7-year jail term with hard labour.

Yahaya Seidu, the counsel for the convicts, after the sentencing, told Prime News Ghana that the remaining four suspect who were juveniles, were referred to a juvenile court since the court of summary jurisdiction could not convict them.

But the Juvenile court has on Thursday, June 21, sentenced the four to 3-years in a senior correctional facility.

A report presented to the court recommended that the suspect who was charged with aiding and abetting be given a 12-months’ sentence but Her Worship, Mrs. Christian Cann, rejected the recommendation and insisted that all the suspects serve the same sentence.

The suspects and their relatives could not hold back their tears when they stepped out from the court.

The five accused persons were arrested in December 2017 after a video of their gang-raping of a teenager went viral.

Seven persons were spotted in the video but only five of them were arrested and processed before the court. Two of them are still at large.

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