Wrongly jailed teacher demands GHC10m compensation.

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Eric Asante, a 36-year-old man who was wrongfully jailed for defiling and impregnating a 14-year-old student is seeking a total sum of GHS10m from the state in compensation.

His lawyer, Francis Xavier Sosu, who confirmed this, said that “no monetary figure can compensate Eric for the loss of life because being in prison for that long, if he were out he could have been promoted because he is a teacher, he could have done further courses and do well. He could have gotten married and had children and so on”.

He told Accra-based Class FM that “I think nothing less than 10 million Ghana Cedis should do for compensation for him”.

Background

The Supreme Court on Thursday, January 26, 2017, acquitted and discharged a 36-year-old man who was wrongfully jailed for defiling and impregnating a 14-year-old student.

This was after a DNA test carried out on the child believed to be the result of the defilement proved that Asante was not the father.

In September 2005, Eric Asante was sentenced to 15 years in jail with hard labour by the Tamale High Court after being convicted of defiling and impregnating a female student, the result of which was a son.

He was however released from prison in September 2015 based on good conduct after serving two thirds of his jail term at the Nsawam Medium Security Prisons.

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