Couple and a student charged with performing a trial by ordeal


Takoradi, Sept. 6, GNA - A couple, Sarah Arthur and John Arthur aged 54 and 67 years respectively, and Emelia Armoo, a 19-year old student, on Wednesday appeared before Takoradi Circuit Court “A” for allegedly performing unlawful trial by ordeal on Francisca Frimpong, a 7-year-old girl.

Emelia was also charged with causing unlawful harm to Francisca.

The pleas of the accused persons were not taken and were granted bail of 5,000 Ghana cedis with a surety each to re-appear on October 9.

Prosecuting, Police Chief Inspector Veronica Tibson said Sarah, a trader and her husband, a driver, were grand mother and father to Francisca.

She said Francisca and all the accused persons stayed in the same house at Effiakuma.

Chief Inspector Tibson said June 9 Sarah and John Arthur accused Francisca of being a witch and was the cause of their problems.

She said Emelia recited several incantations and inflicted severe wounds on the face of Francisca with a kitchen knife under the pretext of exorcising her of witchcraft.

Chief Inspector Tibson said later Sarah sent the victim to a trader at Agona Nyarkrom in the Central Region who became alarmed at the injuries and lodged a complaint with the Agona Swedru Police.

She said the case was referred to the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) at Sekondi for further investigations.

Chief Inspector Tibson said all accused persons admitted the offences in their investigation cautioned statements.

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