Video: Man left paralysed after he was shot by police over ¢10 Xmas gift

Video: Man left paralysed after he was shot by police over ¢10 Xmas gift

An unfortunate young man who was shot by a careless Policemen has been left to his fate after becoming paralyzed.

Stephen Arthur was a vibrant man with hopes of becoming a footballer, however, that dream has been shattered after he was shot in the spine by one Policeman.

Video: Man left paralysed after he was shot by police over ¢10 Xmas gift

Stephen Arthur, paralysed after a police officer carelessly shot him

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The 27-year-old was on Adom FM’s Evening News on Thursday and narrated how he met this painful misfortune seven years ago on Christmas day.

According to him, he was on board a commercial vehicle (trotro) from Bawjiase to Kasoa when the driver of the vehicle he was in was confronted by two Police officers.

He said upon reaching Bawjiase barrier, the driver handed a GHȻ10 note to one of the police officers who begged for a Christmas gift.

He narrated that the other Policeman was unhappy with the amount and ordered the driver to add more.

But the first officer insisted that the amount was okay and gave the driver the greenlight to continue his journey.

A teary Stephen Arthur said all he and the other passengers heard afterwards was a gunshot which ended up hitting his spine and leaving him paralyzed.

Our driver heeded the command from the first officer and drove away. Some few meters from the spot, we heard a cry for the police officer not to do that [probably asking him not to shoot] only for us to hear the sound of a gunshot…,” he said.

The bullet ran through the vehicle, hit my spine and then through my abdomen; all my intestines gushed out. They forced them inside and I was then rushed to the hospital by the driver and some passengers.

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A careless bullet of a police officer ended my dreams and now I can’t even watch football again because it makes me cry…

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He has since been confined to a wheelchair after doctors at the Police Hospital confirmed he will no longer be able to walk.

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Sadly, Stephen Arthur is an orphan and has now been left to his fate despite numerous promises by the Inspector General of Police.

The current IGP saw me and promised that he will acquire a new wheelchair for me but that has not happened and I had to purchase a new wheelchair with donations I received from friends…,” Arthur said.

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