Teacher charged following death of coconut-climbing student

The teacher who allegedly caused the death of the 17-year-old student of the Suhum Aboabo Sonkor Presbyterian Basic School in the Eastern region, has been remanded into police custody.

Suhum police say Richard Djamgba’s teacher known only as “Sir Johnson” was arrested three days ago after he returned to the town on private business.

Sir Johnson, a Science teacher, in October last year, forced his pupil Richard Djamgba to climb a coconut tree to pluck a fruit for him to quench his thirst.

He fell at least 15 feet from the tree and was left paralyzed. He developed urine retention and other complications.

Lack of funds deprived him of surgery at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. Richard Djamgba died last weekend.

According to Joy News’ Eastern regional correspondent Kofi Siaw, the teacher was transferred out of the school following the incident.

But the police took advantage of his return to arrest him.

The previous charge of murder has been changed to exposure to danger.

Sir Johnson looked shaken and intimidated when he appeared at the Suhum magistrate court Thursday. He was said to have come in the company of some teachers who were showing solidarity to him.

The court has now remanded him into custody to reappear on June 30.


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