- An 11-year-old boy has allegedly been set ablaze for allegedly peeping at a woman in a bathroom
- The boy was reportedly doused with petrol and set on fire by a man who responded to the woman's shouts
- The incident which happened in 2017 has left the boy with severe wounds and made him drop out of school
An 11-year-old boy from Zuarungu in the Upper East Region, Maxwell Ayinbisa, has been left severe burn wounds and a badly-scarred skin after he was doused with petrol and set on fire for allegedly peeping at a woman in a bathroom.
Ayinbisa suffered the sad fate about two years ago when, as a nine-year-old, he was employed as a farm hand to get money for school.
Narrating his ordeal in an interview YEN.com.gh monitored on Joy News TV, the young boy disclosed that somewhere in November 2017, he and two of his friend were sent to go and buy petrol to power a generator on the farm.
On their way from the fuel station, his two friends peeped into a bathroom making a woman who was bathing at the time shout and his two friends bolted leaving him behind.
The woman's shout drew the attention of a man only identified as 'Oluman' who was drinking pito nearby.
Ayinbisa was accosted by the man who doused him with the petrol he had been sent to buy and set him ablaze as the said woman looked on.
Even though the young boy had made it clear that he was not the one who peeped at the woman and that it was his friends who had ran away, 'Oluman' did not listen to him. After Ayinbisa was set ablaze, his friends returned to try to quench the fire.
Passersby who heard about the incident then accosted the man and threatened to do the same to him if he refused to take the boy to the hospital.
The man subsequently took the boy to a hospital for some treatment and the case was reported to the police.
But the two families later agreed that the case was settled out of court for 'Oluman' to look after the boy and settle the medical bills.
According to Ayinbisa's father, they agreed to out of court settlement mainly because the family did not have the means to pay for his son's medical bills until such a time that the matter could have been settled in court.
However, after some time, 'Oluman' reneged on his part of the agreement and sent the boy packing from his house.
Currently, Ayinbisa's situation is getting worse as the family is finding it difficult to pay for the regular cleaning of his wounds leaving him with an offensive odour which emanates from the wounds.
Also, the young boy who was in primary four and should have been in primary six by now has dropped out of school since the incident happened.
For now, Ayinbisa's main concern is to get help to treat his wounds and go back to school.
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