A fortnight or so ago, the incident involving a police officer beating a nursing mother in a branch of Midlands Savings and Loans shook the conscience of the nation. There was rightful condemnation of the officer and he is now to answer to the law. However the lawyer of the victim has penned a piece allowing us to understand three things he makes of the issue.
YEN.com.gh gives you an insight into the matters raised by Samson Laadi Ayenini, lawyer of Madam Patience Osafo.
1. The victim now has more money than she's probably ever had
In his opinion piece picked up by ghnanweb.com, the lawyer of the victim confirmed that they reached an understanding with Midland Savings and Loans. Although he did not disclose the amount, Ayenini described the settlement as 'generous'.
He confirmed that the financial institution took the step in order to avoid a civil lawsuit. Mr Ayenini was also sure that not fending for her dependents should not be one of Mad. Osafo's problems.
2. We now know his client says she has forgiven her offender
According to Mr Ayenini, Patience Osafo has considered the fact that her abuser is human and fallible. This was hitherto unknown to the public especially since the public sympathy was actually being directed towards the victim.
It is unknown as to what juncture after the incident that Madam Osafo forgave officer Frederick Amanor. However, that will not relinquish the officer from the grips of the law.
3. The offender might get only the least possible punishment
The lawyer for the victim also alerted us to the fact that a charge of assault is perhaps the wrongs charges preferred by the prosecutor. As video evidence showed, Officer Amanor aggressively beat his victim.
Mr Ayenini argues that a charge of assault would only ensure that the offender goes home with a slap on the wrist. He believes that what was seen on video deserves the charge of battery which carries a more sever punishment.
In the end, he wondered whether the police were trying to get the least punishment because the offender is one of their own. This suspicion falls in line with what we at YEN.com.gh speculated on in the wake of the incident.
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