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Lamptey Mills Freed

Lamptey Mills

Lamptey Mills

AN ACCRA Circuit Court, presided over by Mrs. Georgina Mensah Datsa, has struck out the charges of compulsion of marriage and abetment of crime leveled against Enoch Nii Lamptey Mills, proprietor of Great Lamptey Mills School.

Nii Lamptey Mills and two others, Georgina Sarbah and Evelyn Engman, were dragged to court by the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) for contravening section 14 of the Children’s Act 560, 1998.

However, the father of the victim, who is also the complainant in the case, informed the court that the issue had already been resolved. He therefore asked the judge to accept their out-of-court settlement.

Following this, the court held a closed-door meeting with the victim and information gathered revealed that the victim agreed to the decision of her family. In her ruling, Mrs. Datsa disclosed that after interrogating the victim, she found that the settlement would be in the best interest of the victim’s baby.

The judge, who noted that without a complainant the accused persons could not be prosecuted, also disclosed that the prosecution did not object to the issue of settlement. In view of this, she discharged the accused persons.

The proprietor, it would be recalled, was on September 8, 2009 picked up by the police and kept in custody, after a report was made by the parents of the victim about how he had impregnated their daughter but failed to take care of the victim, now 18, after she gave birth.

The family of the victim, according to sources, had sent a delegation to the proprietor, who asked that the pregnancy be aborted because of his reputation. They however rejected his proposal.

Two months later, the proprietor allegedly met with the victim’s family and performed marriage rites, during which he promised her a house, upkeep of the child and sponsorship to continue her education. However, he failed to honour his promises after the delivery of the child, hence his arrest and subsequent appearance in court.

Source: dailyguideghana

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