“No amount of cash will compensate wrongfully jailed Asante”


Lawyer for Eric Asante, a 40-year-old teacher wrongfully jailed for defiling a 14-year-old student, told Morning Starr that no amount of cash will compensate the injustice done his client.

Mr. Asante was jailed in 2005 for allegedly defiling the teenager, who was his pupil while he taught at a school in Tamale.

According to the Supreme Court, the evidence adduced by State prosecutors some 15 years ago against Mr. Asante could not have supported his conviction.

The court directed that the now acquitted and discharged Mr. Asante should apply in a separate application for compensation.

According to Francis Sosu, Mr. Asante’s lawyer, they would apply for a GHc10 million compensation.

That notwithstanding he said “no amount will be enough to compensate Eric Asante.”

Issac Sappor, a friend of Mr. Asante who called into the show told host Nii Arday Clegg that his friend’s conviction was unfortunate and that the allegation leveled against him was concocted.

“It is unfortunate [Eric Asante] had to go through a lot during this period,” he said.

He said Mr. Asante once shared with his colleagues before the incident that led to his conviction that his student complained to him [Mr. Asante] of being defiled at home by her step dad.

“Unfortunately, the girl turned the story around and accused Eric Asante of defiling her,” he noted.