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Crime & Punishment of Wednesday, 10 November 2021


Five ‘baby thieves’ granted GH¢750,000 bail

The suspects are into the sale of babies

Five persons, including a retired midwife, allegedly involved in the stealing and sale of babies at Atuabo and Half Assini in the Western region, have been granted a combined bail in the sum of GH¢750,000.

The accused persons are Cynthia Beyeden, a 63-year-old Retired Midwife/ Nurse, Sylvester Quashie Nyamekye, a mason, Ediemu Bozoma, a 55-year-old trader, Aysha Barry, private security, and one Quashie now at large.

Beyeden is facing two counts of child stealing while the other charges have been spread.

The Circuit Court in Accra presided over by Her Honour Mrs. Evelyn Asamoah granted them bail after their lawyers led by Lawyer Yaw Danquah and Lawyer George Asamani prayed for their clients to be granted bail.

They were all granted bail in the sums of GH¢150,000 each with two sureties to be justified with title deeds.

They are to report to the police every Monday until the final determination of the case.

The court directed the prosecution to serve disclosures by December 7 while the case has been adjourned to December 14, 2021.

They have been variously held over abetment and hindrance to the inquest.

Brief facts

The brief facts of the case as presented to the court were that, the bureau acting on intelligence, arrested suspects Cynthia Beyejen, Ediemu Bozoma, and Sylvester Quarshie who are, a retired midwife, mason, and a trader respectively.

The prosecution said, suspect Sylvester Quarshie was found in his possession a seven-month-old baby boy with the name Jerome and offered him for sale at the cost of GH¢80,000.00 at Atuabo in Ghana.

According to the brief facts, the bureau’s agent feigned interest in buying the said victim, Jerome.

It added that suspect Sylvester did all the negotiations on phone with the agent and even sent a recorded video of late victim Nhyira, a 10-day-old baby girl to show that he is into the business of baby selling.

The brief facts noted that the suspect Sylvester mentioned suspect Cynthia Beyeden, a retired midwife as his source.

“Investigations review that suspects Ediemu Bozoma has been assisting suspect Cynthia Beyeden in keeping and taking care of the victims in her house to be later disposed of by Sylvester Quarshie.

“It was also established that the late victim Nhyira was with Ediemu Bozoma, and Komen Nda Kwakye, who claimed the victim Nhyira died in the process of keeping her. Suspect Ediemu Bozoma informed suspect Cynthia Beyeden of the death of victim Nhyira and suspect Cynthia Beyeden commanded suspect Ediemu Bozoma and John Quarshie to bury her without reporting the death to any authority.

"John Quarshie, a husband of Ediemu buried her without reporting her death for investigation. During interrogation suspect, John stated that it is normal in the area for such burial to take place without reporting.” The prosecution noted.

The prosecution said the suspect denied knowing that it is a crime to bury anybody without reporting. Suspect Cynthia Beyeden on October 28, led a team of NIB officials to arrest suspect Ayisha Barry as the mother of infant Jerome.

“Suspect Cynthia Beyeden further stated that suspect Ayisha came to her with the intention to abort the pregnancy at that advanced month. That she gave her induction labor and suspect Ayisha delivered.

“After delivery, she lied to Ayisha that the baby is dead. She then sent the baby to suspect Bozoma. That suspect Ayisha Barry admitted to having gone to suspect Cynthia Beyeden to deliver. However, after the delivery, suspect Cynthia informed her that the baby boy had died and had been buried.

“Ayisha however denied the claim that infant Jerome is her son. The baby is named Jerome Amontchie by Cynthia Quarshie. Jerome who is not well is on admission at the NIB Clinic responding to treatment,” the prosecution noted.