Crime Bantama gang-rape suspects heads to High Court

The lawyers have filled an application asking the High Court to authenticate the ages of the 5 suspects in the case because it has been an issue of contention.

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Banatama rape suspects

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Lawyers for the five (5) guys accused of gang-raping a girl  at Bantama in the Ashanti Region are heading to the Kumasi High Court to appeal a decision.

They are going to appeal a ruling by the Kumasi Circuit Court One who are sitting on the case.

The lawyers have filled an application asking the High Court to authenticate the ages of the 5 suspects in the case because it has been an issue of contention.

READ ALSO: Bantama gang-rape suspects discharged

Lawyer Ebenezer Osei Opoku, one of the counsel's of the suspects said,"The court upon hearing the submission from the prosecution in the case determined by ruling that the ages as stated by the prosecution was right and, therefore has jurisdiction to hear the case."

Rape victim play

Rape victim

 

But the lawyers disagree hence their decision to petition a higher court. Lawyer Opoku further said, "the ruling of the court did not correspond to the particular kind of application we filed at the court and for that reason, we are heading to the high court to appeal over the circuit court's ruling to pray it to make inquiry into the determination of the ages of the suspects."

The suspects were picked up by the police when videos emerged on the internet showing them gang-raping a teenage girl late last year.

READ ALSO: Bantama gang-rape suspects to spend New Year in police cells

The suspects have been identified as minors attending either junior and high schools in Kumasi.

Meanwhile, the suspects were on Wednesday, 14 February 2018, remanded to reappear on Friday, 16 February after the prosecution presented its first witness and having led evidence in chief by the state attorneys.

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