Overturned Juvenile court verdict set to free Achimota student ‘killer’

An Accra High Court has set aside a judgment by a Juvenile court that jailed a final-year student of Achimota Senior High School in Accra for killing a female colleague in January 2017.

The High Court said there was a miscarriage of justice because the juvenile court delivered a verdict without waiting for a social enquiry report.

The jail term was imposed in September 2017 by a Juvenile court presided over by Bernardine S.A Senoo. He found the SHS student guilty of manslaughter and sentenced him to three years imprisonment at a correctional Home.

Lily Donkor, who was also in her final year at Achimota High School was shot dead by her friend after she had gone to visit him at his Community 8 home in Tema on January 4, 2017.

During the trial, the prosecution explained that the accused went into his father’s room and picked up his father’s single-barrelled gun and shot the victim in the abdomen.

The convict had told the police that he intended to shoot into the air however the gravity of the gun changed course and hit the deceased.

The prosecution said one Madam Gifty Billy, a neighbour, heard the gunshot and went to the scene only to see the victim lying in a pool of blood.

The prosecution said Gifty rushed the victim to the Port Clinic in Tema. She died at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra where she was transferred.

 

Source: Myjoyonline.com

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