Crime & Punishment of 2014-08-17

Nima police seek AG’s advice to examine 11-year-old ‘killer’

The Nima Police is seeking advice from the Attorney General’s Department to have an 11-year-old boy who slit open his father’s stomach examined for any mental disorder.

According to the Nima Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Nuhu Jango, who spoke to Joy News’ Beatrice Adu, the police could not rule out any possible psychiatric problem.

The 11-year-old boy was picked up by the Nima police last Wednesday for allegedly stabbing his father to death. As a minor, he could not be detained and so was handed over to an uncle to take care of him while police investigated the incident.

Chief Superintendent Jango said investigations revealed that the lad dreamt having stabbed his dad and truly, when he woke up from his sleep he had allegedly carried out the act.

In the dream, the police chief narrated that the boy had visited his grandmother and “somehow, he found himself taking a knife to slit open the dad’s stomach” after, which he (boy) became scared and run out to inform his uncle that same night he committed the crime.

Upon hearing the news, the uncle and some other relatives came in to carry the father, who was lying in a pool of blood to the hospital.

On reaching the 37 Military Hospital in Accra, the man was pronounced dead.

However, Chief Superintendent Jango claimed the boy was neither from a bad family nor heard of the family having any psychiatric history.