Friday, July 30, 2010


A WOMAN, who allegedly tortured her 10-year old biological daughter at Nkwabeng, a suburb of Sunyani, for stealing her GH¢50 to pay her examination fees, has been arrested by the police.
The suspect, Vivian Appiah, 30, is said to have used an electric iron to burn the face, mouth and right leg of the victim, Gladys Yeboah, a pupil of Queen of Peace Preparatory School at Penkwasi.
Briefing the Daily Graphic in Sunyani, the Sunyani Municipal Police Commander, Superintendent Charles Botwe said Vivian locked up the girl in their bedroom at Penkwasi after she had confessed having taken her GH¢50 to pay for her examination fees at school.
He said the woman, who was very angry with her daughter’s behaviour, allegedly heated the electric iron and used it to burn various parts of her body on July 30, this year.
Supt. Botwe said the victim, who was in the room with her mother, screamed for help but nobody came to her rescue until after the woman had inflicted the burns on the victim and voluntarily released her.
He said the suspect’s friend who went to the house after the incident around 6.30 p.m., applied some injection violet on the victim’s burns.
Supt. Botwe stated that the girl, who was traumatised as a result of the torture, decided to go to her grandmother at Sunyani two days later.
According to him, while crying on her way to the grandmother, one Master Sule Razak, a student of Twene Amanfo Senior High/Technical School, met her and asked what was wrong with her.
Supt. Botwe said after the girl had narrated her ordeal to him, Razak took her to the police station to lodge a complaint and the victim was issued with a police medical form to attend hospital where she was treated and discharged.
The police commander said the suspect was later arrested and during interrogation, she confessed committing the crime.
She was subsequently charged with the offence and prosecuted in the law court.

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