The 29-year old mason who allegedly set a 13-year-old boy ablaze at Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region has been remanded into police custody.
The suspect, Nsobila John was put before the Bolgatanga District court today [Friday] for harming one Ayinbisa Maxwell.
Nsobila is said to have set the victim ablaze on 24th November 2017 for allegedly peeping at a naked woman in a bathroom.
Even though the police scheduled to put the suspect before court next week, the Police said they got the medical report from the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital on time to put the suspect before the court on Friday.
The court presided by His Worship Osman Hakim remanded the suspect into police custody.
He is expected to re-appear in court on 26th February 2019.
13-year old’s family angry
The family of the victim, who is still nursing his burn injuries two years after the incident had demanded justice for their ward.
According to the victim, On 24th November 2017, he was sent to buy petrol from a filling station, but on his way back, he spotted two boys peeping through a bathroom where a woman was taking her bath.
He said, when he got to the scene, one of the boys had escaped leaving him behind but was grabbed by his accuser Nsobila John for the act.
He then took the petrol in the gallon from the victim, poured it on him and struck a match setting him ablaze.
It took the intervention of residents around to quench the fire and sent the boy to the Bolgatanga regional hospital.
Although the suspect was later arrested and granted bail, both parties had agreed on a settlement where the suspect shall take care of all bills till the victim recovers fully.
The family of the victim accused the family of the suspect of not taking proper care of the victim and hence their demand for justice.
Aunt of the victim, Ayinbono Baba said “the suspects family used to cater for the boy, paying medical bills and transportation fare of GHC12.00 – GHC15.00 for the dressing of his wounds but for some time now, they have stopped providing support for the boy.
“We need medical support for the boy to fully recover and to continue his education, but for the suspect, we want the laws of Ghana to deal with him”.
But the brother of the suspect, Nsobila Prosper debunked the allegations of the victim’s family.
“It is not true; we have been paying for all medical bills associated with the dressing of the victim’s wounds. We give him chop money and transportation and even buy him clothes to wear,” he added.
By: Frederick Awuni | citinewsroom.com | Ghana