The Juabeng Circuit court has sentenced a student of Ejisu Secondary Technical High School to a day in prison. Guggisberg Asameti pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing a stabiliser belonging to the school.

Guggisberg is one of two students locked up overnight in the office of the assistant headmaster of the school a week ago.

He is to also pay a fine of GHS1,200 and sign a bond of good behavior for 12 months.

Meanwhile, the Assistant headmaster who locked the students in his office and allegedly slapped them in turns has been granted a GHS5,000 bail with one surety.

Appiah Albert Kofi faces charges of assault, unlawful imprisonment and abetement to commit crime, to wit attempted suicide.

He pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Background

Mr Appiah was earlier asked to step aside from official duties ahead of processes being initiated by the Ghana Education Service (GES) to haul him before a disciplinary committee.

The Assistant Headmaster had indicated the two students were in possession of a bag containing a stabiliser, suspected to have been stolen. A taxi driver handed them over to authorities, as they reportedly tried to scale the school fence wall.

They were stripped half-naked and locked up by the assistant headmaster overnight where the student who attempted suicide drank liquid soap, leading to his hospitalisation.

He was arrested and held in cells over what police describe as an illegal and condemnable act.