THE ODA Magistrate Court, presided over by His Worship, Akwasi Appeatse Abaidoo, has convicted one Alex Odame to sign a two- year bond of good behaviour.
In default, he would serve a one-year prison sentence for his role in the burial of a two-year-old boy allegedly murdered by his parents at Akyem Akroso, near Akyem Oda, in the Eastern Region.
The boy’s crime was that he could not walk. Odame was convicted on his own plea of guilty to a charge of hindering inquest.
The judge explained that the convict did not take part in the murder of the deceased, but was requested to help with the burial of the boy without knowing the cause of death.
He added that the charge pressed against the convict by the prosecution was a misdemeanor, hence the conviction.
The judge advised the general public to get burial permission from the police before burying relatives whose causes of death are questionable.
Two other accused persons, Mary Asare, a 65-year-old grandmother of the deceased, and Alex Amofa have been admitted to bail in the sum of GH¢ 5,000.00 with a surety each.
However, the court remanded the pregnant mother of the deceased, Adwoa Hellen Bempong, who is facing a provisional charge of murder.
The facts of the case are that on February 14, 2018, the Akyem Oda police had a tip-off that a two-year-old boy had been murdered by his parents at night.
Police investigations revealed that on February 11, 2018, the father of the boy, Samuel Arhinful, alias Joe, the fifth accused person, now at large, strangled the boy and hit his head against a bedstead, leading to the death of the boy and appealed to Alex Amofa, Odame and Dada K. to help bury the deceased boy after claiming he died of illness.
Police investigations also revealed that before the incident, the accused couple subjected the deceased boy, who was physically challenged and therefore could not walk, to inhumane treatments such as neglect, isolation and varied maltreatments.
This led to the arrest of the accused persons, Adwoa Hellen Bempong, mother, 20, Mary Asare, grandmother of the deceased, Amofa ,48, and Odame, 26.
Arhinful, father of the deceased and also prime suspect, and Dada K. are at large.
The case has been adjourned to March 27, 2018 to enable prosecution to seek advice from the Attorney General’s Department.