A former police commander of James Town, who run his uninsured vehicle over a little girl, killing her, has been sentenced to a fine of Ghs24,000 or in default serve a jail term of 24 months.
Retired Police Superintendent Peter Yembilla apart from the fact that the vehicle he was driving did not have any insurance cover, he also did not have a driver’s license.
He faced four charges – careless and inconsiderate driving, negligently causing harm, using uninsured vehicle and driving motor vehicle without license.
The incident happened at the James Town police barracks, in year 2015.
The little girl he knocked down and killed with his Toyota Highlander vehicle was just two-and-a-half years old. The case traveled for more than four years.
According Joshua Sackey, a state attorney, the accident occurred on December 18, 2015, at about 9 am.
Supt Yembilla (rtd), who was then the James Town Police Commander and was on the rank of deputy superintendent of police (DSP) was driving from the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) Training School and as he attempted to enter the James Town Police Station, run his vehicle over the little girl, who was playing with other children.
The little girl was badly injured, and she was rushed to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital for treatment but died from her wounds.
The state attorney told the court that autopsy report gave the cause of the little girl’s death as “severe head injury due to the accident”.
It came out during police investigations that Supt Yembilla at the time of the accident did not have a valid driving license and the vehicle he was using was also not insured.
The insurance policy covering the vehicle was issued, two hours after he had knocked down the girl.
Supt Yembilla (rtd) also obtained a valid driver’s license six clear weeks after the accident - on January 28, 2016.
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