- Volta Regional Minister pays to rescue pregnant woman from jail
- The woman, Rose Ashabi was serving a six-month prison term for her inability to pay a fine of GHc1,500
Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Achibald Letsa, has offered to pay a fine of GHc1,500 to rescue a pregnant jailed teenager at the Ho Prisons.
The convict, Rose Ashabi, is currently serving a six-month prison term at the Ho Female Prisons due to her inability to pay a fine of GHc1,500.
The teenager – currently 18-years-old – was sentenced to the prison by a Magistrate Court in May on charges of assault.
This was after she reportedly poured pepper on her cousin’s face during a quarrel. She was subsequently sentenced to a fine of GHc1, 500 or six months in Prison in default of the fine.
The court, therefore, sentenced the teenager to a serve six-month sentence after she was unable to pay the GHc1,500 fine.
She recently appealed to the President, Nana Akufo-Addo for clemency for the sake of the unborn child, as the prisons did not have child-friendly facilities.
But in a rather benevolent act, the Volta Regional Minister has offered to pay the fine on behalf of the pregnant teenager in order to get her out of jail, having already served two and half months of her sentence.
Dr. Achibald Letsa said he felt sad and was moved to help the young lady after he read about her plight in a newspaper.
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“After reading the story, I was quite sad. This was not brought to our attention earlier. So this morning I organized myself and dashed to the female prison and made available the amount involved which is GHc1, 500 to the officer in charge of the prison to pay the fine at the court so that this young lady can have her freedom,” he said.
According to him, lady would be released by Tuesday, July 24, 2018, with the processes for her release already underway.
“There are processes to go through – prison officers would have to go to court to pay the fine and do the necessary paper works for her to be set free. We will do whatever we can to make sure that the processes are fast-tracked for her to be released by tomorrow [Tuesday],” he added.
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