Two male adullts residents of Tamale in the Northern region were on Thursday July 2 arrested and cautioned on “compounding crime”.
The two, father of a 2nd vicitm and step father of a 3rd victim of an alleged defilement case before the Gender Based Violence Court of the Tamale Circuit Court.
Speaking with www.zamireports.com, the Northern Regional Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Police Service Superintendent Kwabena Otuo Acheampong revealed the two were arrested few hours after the order.
“We arrested them and sent them to the court as ordered”.
An order of arrest was issued for the arrest of father of the 3rd victim after the judge, His Honour Justice Emmanuel Appiah-Twumasi noticed her absence on the first hearing of the case Thursday July 1.
Two male adults were subsequently arrested same day and presented to the court as ordered.
The 2nd victim, 14, though had subjected herself to all police medical requirements, refused to show up in court.
The 3rd victim however did not subject herself to any police medical requirements because his step father failed to cooperate with the Northern Regional Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit.
Upon his arrest, the step father told the police,”the mother of the girl came for her and has taken her to the village”, as revealed by Superintendent Kwabena Otuo Acheampong.
The two men were however “cautioned on compounding crime” and released on bail.
A person compounds criminal offence if that person offers or agrees to forbear from prosecuting or giving evidence against a person of a criminal charge, in consideration of money, or of a valuable thing, or of a personal advantage or an advantage to any other person.
Investigations have been launched into the two victims.
Zubaida Afua Mabuno Ismail|www.zamireports.com|Tamale.