The father who severely abused his 3-year-old son in Kumasi has now pleaded guilty to all the charges levelled against him.
Appearing before the court on Monday, June 2, 2020, the 26-year-old Ebenezer Nana Bonsu, changed his earlier statement where he said he was innocent arguing that his actions were only to discipline his son.
On May 14, he pleaded not guilty and was granted bail but could not meet the conditions, the prosecution was on the verge of moving the case to a higher court after the presiding judge rejected the accuse police caution statement and that of the victim and his mother.
According to his Lawyer Samuel Amofa Koduah his client has now pleaded guilty and they can’t argue with the court.
“My client haven’t slept over the matter for sometime decided to change his plea, I think it is as a result of the remorse, so it was like he was living a double life, we can’t argue with the court so we will leave the matter as it is”.
Upon his arrest, Nana Bonsu was charged with assault and causing harm after he disfigured the back of his son for bedwetting in what police describe as “senseless and unwarranted” punishment.
The Manhyia Divisional Police Command arrested a 26-year-old national service person, Ebenezer Osei Bonsu, for physically assaulting his three-year-old son for damaging his (Bonsu’s) mobile phone and also wetting his bed.
Bonsu is alleged to have used a cable and a cane to whip the child, causing injuries to his head and back.
The Manhyia Divisional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Mr Kwaku Buah, told the Daily Graphic that the suspect was arrested last weekend following a complaint by the child’s mother, Barbara Obeng.
According to the police, Barbara and Bonsu were lovers in the past but they broke up, but not before the relationship had produced a boy, whose custody was shared by his parents.
He said Bonsu, who is doing his national service in Accra, usually took custody of the child on weekends when he went on visits to Kumasi, and returned the child to the mother when he was returning to Accra.
However, he said, the last time Bonsu went for the child, he refused to return him to the mother, and a resident of the area where he stayed called the child’s mother to go for her child, since Bonsu was mistreating him.