A father who severely abused his 3-year-old son in Kumasi has pleaded not guilty for any of the charges levelled against him.
Appearing before the court Thursday, 26-year-old Ebenezer Nana Bonsu, maintained said he was innocent arguing that his actions were only to discipline his son.
He was represented by Lawyer Samuel Amofa Koduah who appealed that the accused would serve as a saint preaching against child abuse if given a chance.
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.
His lawyer put forward a bail for his release because he had been in police custody since his actions against his son was reported to the police.
This plea was objected to by the Prosecutor, Inspector Regina Oparebea Amoako, who stated that the suspect would be a threat to the mother and the victim.
She also said that the accused is not resident in Kumasi and could not be trusted to stay in the area for the trial.
However, the suspect was granted bail by the presiding judge, Patricia Amponsah, to the tune of ¢30,000 with three sureties to be justified.
According to JoyNews’ Erastus Asare Donkor, the judge explained that due to the coronavirus pandemic, it would be harmful to remand the accused.
His family has stated that the suspect has no known mental illness that could have possibly led to his actions against his son.
However, some family members said they have recently noticed a strange behavioural change with him after he landed an employment opportunity and started interviews and presentations.
They described him as a very academically bright quiet person who keeps to himself a lot.
In a related development, since a report by Adom FM, the brutalised boy has received massive public attention with many condemning his harrowing ordeal.
Some listeners of Joy FM’s award-winning Super Morning Show have donated to support the three-year-old boy and his mother.
He is currently receiving treatment at the Manhyia Hospital in Kumasi.