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Neo
30th March 2011, 12:36 AM
Agnes Opoku, a 28-year-old chop bar operator, is in the grips of the law after her two and a half year old son was found to have been burnt by hot palm soup, leading to the baby’s death.

The bar operator was charged with negligently causing harm by an Accra Circuit Court presided over by Mrs. Georgina Mensah-Datsa and she pleaded not guilty. She has been remanded in police custody until March 29, 2011.

Narrating events leading to the arrest of the accused person, ASP Sarah Acquah, prosecuting, told the court that the accused person was the mother of the little boy who she lived with at Spintex Road where she operated her chop bar.

According to her, the accused person was married to the complainant, Alex Madjitey, with whom she had the baby boy, adding that they used to live together at Spintex Road till her husband moved to Nungua.
She said in July 2010, the complainant stopped remitting the bar operator and the deceased so in September 2010, the complainant came and took his son to live with him.

The police officer observed that the bar operator later went to the complainant and took the little boy away from his father’s house without his consent, leading to some misunderstanding between husband and wife but the police, on February 9, 2011, handed the deceased to his mother.

The prosecuting officer noted that on February 26, at about 6pm, the suspect returned from Ashaiman market after purchasing some items for cooking for the chop bar. In addition, she said, the accused person told police that when she returned to the bar, she saw one of the employees in the kitchen who had put a pot of hop palm nut soup which she had finished cooking on an ice chest.

DSP Acquah said the bar operator also said she was outside the kitchen when she heard someone say ‘agyee’ and she rushed inside to see her son lying down with the hot palm nut soup all over his chest and , legs except for his face. Explaining further, she said the accused person noted that with the help of two other employees, she rushed her son to the Sakumono Hospital where he was later rushed to Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital Burns Unit.

The police officer said the little boy died on March 3, 2011.



Source: Daily Guide

CuTiEbABy
30th March 2011, 04:07 AM
OMG......poor baby.....this is pathetic.