The four suspects who were referred to the Juvenile Court in connection with the alleged sexual assault at Bantama in the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi, have been sentenced to serve in a Senior Correctional Facility for 36 months each.
Three of the suspects were charged with defilement and conspiracy to defile, while the other one was charged with aiding and abetting the crime.
A Social Welfare Inquiry report presented to the court recommended that the suspect who was charged with aiding and abetting, should be given a 12 months’ sentence.
But the Kumasi District Magistrate Court 2 presided over by Her Worship, Mrs. Christian Cann, insisted that all the four suspects serve the same sentence.
Lawyers for the suspects before the ruling, had questioned the Social Welfare Inquiry report when it was presented to the court on the last adjourned date.
The suspects and their relatives could not hold back their tears when they stepped out from the court which was heard in camera.
One of the lawyers for the suspects, Yahaya Seidu, described the sentence as “too harsh”, adding that they might appeal the ruling if relatives of the suspects express interest.
“Considering the circumstances, we believe that the sentence was too harsh. All of them are first time offenders and especially because they are juveniles,” he said.