The Kumasi Circuit Court has convicted the five persons involved in gang raping a teenager at Bantama, a suburb of Kumasi.The court also established that Ernest Asare, was not a juvenile, and has been handed a 7-year jail term with hard labour.
The remaining four, all minors, have been referred to a juvenile court for sentencing.
Counsel for the convicts, Yahaya Seidu, after the ruling disclosed that the four are currently in juvenile cells awaiting sentencing.
The five accused persons were convicted for defilement, conspiracy to commit crime and abetment.
“Our clients were found guilty on all the charges proffered against them. One of our clients has been established by the court to be 20-years, but the remaining four are juveniles. Because per the law, a court of summary jurisdiction cannot convict a juvenile, the four have been referred to a juvenile court for sentencing”, Mr. Seidu said.
The lawyer will be meeting with the court registrar to find out the juvenile court his clients have been referred to for sentencing. “We are waiting for a copy of the ruling from the court before we know whether to appeal or not”, he indicated.
The five accused persons were arrested in December 2017 after a video of them gang-raping a teenager went viral. Seven persons were spotted in the video but only five of them were arrested and processed before the court. Two of them are still at large.