A human rights lawyer, Francis Sosu, says police must arrest and
investigate the teacher whose actions led to the death of 17-year-old
The teenage student of Suhum Aboabo Sonkor Presbyterian Basic School
fell from a tree after his teacher, known only as “Sir Johnson” forced
him to climb a coconut tree to pluck a fruit for him.
Richard Djamgba’s fall left him paralyzed for many weeks, but he died
over the weekend due to complications from his paralysis.
His uncle Samuel Narh told Joy News the police asked the family to go
settle the issue at home when the case was reported to them.
The Suhum police told Mr Narh that they are unsure which charge to
proffer against the teacher.
However, Francis Sosu says the police’s stance is unacceptable.
According to the lawyer, the teacher should have been held for
He said the right thing the police should have done was to first
arrest ‘Sir Johnson’, investigate the matter before concluding that
they could charge him.
He is convinced criminal negligence is a strong enough charge against
“There are times that you do things that cause effect…things that if
you had taken reasonable care would not have caused that event. So if
the teacher had taken reasonable care, the action wouldn’t have caused
the damages that the little boy suffered”, he said.
Meanwhile, the Education Ministry says it is studying an investigative
report on the incident.
A Deputy Education Minister, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, made the
revelation on Monday.