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Woman whipped by police for resisting cells

Woman whipped by police for resisting cells

A Police officer in charge of the Dompim Police Station in the Tarkwa Nsueam Municipality of the Western Region, Inspector Emmanuel Osei is alleged to have whipped a female suspect who was arrested and sent to the station for allegedly slapping another woman in a marital dispute.

According to the victim, Sarah Darko, 29, the police officer first hit her with a plastic object and later with a stick, when she refused to enter the station’s cells.

Narrating her ordeal to Citi News, Sarah explained that “In August this year, I returned from my two months trip to my room to meet my husband and another woman. Out of anger and frustration, I slapped the woman and she in return hit me with a phone. The matter was taken to an elder in the town where it was amicably settled.

She continued that “ but when we all thought the matter has been put to rest, two months later, with me staying peacefully with my husband, the lady retuned this Wednesday 1st November to my house with three police officers. They told me I was under arrest. I joined them to the Dompim Police station. After informing me that it was upon my rival’s instruction I was brought there, they asked me to go into the cell which I refused.”

Sara continued that “Inspector Emmanuel Osei started forcing me into the cell but again I told him the matter has been settled already so I will not go in there. So I held the counter table when the inspector was forcing me into the cells. He started hitting my hand with a [plastic] ruler. Then he went for a stick and started whipping me hard at my buttocks and in my palms until he finally forced me into the cell”.

Images seen by Citi News shows several marks on the buttocks of Sarah as a result of the bruises she suffered from the lashing.

Sarah went through the ordeal in the presence of his husband, one Francis Tofega, who had also gone to the police station over the same matter. Later, Inspector Emmanuel Osei allegedly demanded a GHc400 bailing fee after several pleas from Sarah’s husband, which was reduced to GHc350, and she paid.

Sarah, feeling dissatisfied has taken the matter to the Nsueam Police station. Several calls to Inspector Osei’s phone have gone unanswered.