15:18, 28.Jun 2018
The Bolgatanga municipal police command has apprehended the suspect accused of setting an 11-year-old boy ablaze for peeping at a woman in the bathroom.
The arrest followed the breaking of the story by Class News’ Upper East regional correspondent William Jalulah.
The suspect, 29-year-old Nsobila John, will be arraigned on Friday, 8 February 2019.
He was arrested after the man who stood surety for him turned him in, to the Bolga municipal police command following an extensive report on how he had abandoned the victim, on Class91.3FM on Wednesday, 6 February 2019.
Young Maxwell Ayinbisa is still nursing his wounds of over one-year-old, which he sustained after the suspect doused him with petrol and set him ablaze for allegedly peeping at a woman in a bathroom.
On 24 November 2017, Ayinbisa and two of his friends were sent to buy petrol from a fuel station.
According to Ayinbisa, on their way from the errand, a man accused him and his friends of peeping at a woman in a bathroom.
The little boy said his friends fled and left him behind. He was grabbed by his accuser, Nsobila John, who wrenched the gallon of petrol from him, doused him with the fuel and struck a match at him.
When Class News’ William Jalulah visited the family of the victim at Pobaga, a suburb of Bolgatanga in the region, he met a suffering boy whose sore-riddled head, torso and hands were in band-aids.
The foul odour from his puss-filled sores was unbearable.
The father of the victim, Mustahpa Rahamani told Class News that the suspect, after taking care of the initial medical bills of the boy, abandoned him.
The Bolgatanga Municipal Police Commander, DSP Samuel Punobyin told Jalulah that the families of the victim and the suspect had reached an agreement to settle the matter out of court.
He noted that the suspect agreed to foot all medical expenses before he was granted bail.
DSP Punobyin noted that the police are willing to process the suspect for court since he has reneged on his promise.
Source: Ghana/AccraFM.com/100.5FM/William Jalulah