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Residents of Pakyi No. 2 in the Ashanti Region were left shocked and angry after a man caused the arrest of two children for allegedly stealing his corn.

Appiah Mensah handed over the minors, aged seven and five, to local police who kept them for over 4 hours.

He said the boys had plucked three cobs of corn from his backyard garden. Unknown to the children’s parents who are his neighbours, Mr. Mensah, marched them over a distance of about 5 kilometers to Pakyi Number Two Police Station.

Not even the cry of the half-naked boys could save them from their captor.
“They police detained them. Infact the 5-year old boy if you see the guy you will run away because he cried. You cannot describe it. It’s very sad,” says the Assemblyman for the area, Alex Donkor.

Mother of the children, Vivian Avorgrah said she was shocked when the police informed her by phone of their arrest.
“I had a call from the police station.

The caller asked if I knew the kids.“I said ‘yes’.

He said they had been brought to the station“In panic, I quickly run there to see the kids behind the counter. “They were bare-footed; one was naked.”

Madam Avorgrah wondered how her neighbor, Mr. Mensah who has been sending his children to collect mangoes and pear could do this to her kids. “This is the man’s house.

We are neighbours. “To think that he could send my kids to the police station without my knowledge still baffles me’

Constitutional Lawyer,Paul Kumi reacting to the issue told Nana Ampratwum on OmanbapaSHOW that, the case should have been solved amicably at home not disputing the fact that, the children were arrested by the police.

He said ''the man was right to have caused their arrest BUT was of the view that he should have consulted the parents of the children to find alternate action since this is not a serious crime and it was even committed by minors''.

''Investigations may even reveal that the kids were hungry that was why they committed that offence''

SilverNEWS / SilverFM /Ghana



Last modified on Tuesday, 14 July 2020

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