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Bantama gang rape: One jailed 7 years for defilement, 4 others referred to juvenile court for sentencing

A Kumasi Circuit Court has sentenced a 20-year-old man seven years imprisonment for defilement captured in a viral ‘gang rape’ video in a Bantama suburb in the Ashanti region.

Ernest Asare, sentenced to prison with hard labour, is the oldest of five actors arrested in December 2017 after a video of a teen being gang raped went viral on social medi

The other actors who are minors and students in junior and senior high schools have been referred to a District court for sentencing.

All of the actors were all found guilty of conspiracy to commit defilement.

The fifth convict was found guilty of an additional charge of aiding and abetting for filming the incident which later went viral on social media.

An assembly man in the area caused the arrest after the video stirred up on social media.

Non-governmental organization American Relief Center took interest in the case and offered assistance to the police. It paid for the police medical examination, transportation and an age assement for some of the accused.

Five months after the incident, a court judgment has left the convicts and their parents grieving as their fate was determined.

Source:  Ghana/



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