FREED pregnant prisoner who was jailed 5 years over GH¢1200 fine gives birth to twins


Ama Anima, a heavily pregnant prisoner who was released from the Kumasi Female Prison in July this year through the intervention of the Crime Check Foundation after being jailed 5 years following her inability to pay a GH¢1200 court fine has delivered a set of male twins

According to Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng who runs Crime Check TV and Foundation but for the intervention, the twins who are innocent would also have been spending time in jail.

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He said in a Facebook post MyNewsGh.com sighted “Two bouncing baby boys from Ama Anima arrive. Prison should not be the portion of innocent babies who have done no wrong. Unfortunately, some judges at the Lower Courts violate the law by throwing pregnant women into prison. We thank God for using us to rescue these beautiful kids from the prospects of a prison sentence We pray they grow to declare the glory of God”


Anima was not only released from prison but has been given a means of living through the meritorious efforts of the Crime Check Foundation.

Background of her story

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She had been brought in a day earlier. When I asked her what had brought her there, she told me amid sobs that the judge who convicted her asked her to pay a fine of GHC 1200 or in default serve five years in prison for biting the hand of a family member in a fight. As someone who earns GHC 120 a month for working on a refuse dump site, she couldn’t raise the money, so had to go to prison in her state, leaving her two kids at home. But the question is – Did she deliberately bite the hand of her accuser? Ama says she was rather pushed down by her accuser and her children, and mercilessly beaten for daring to ask her why she had beaten her little son. In the process, she bit her hand to free herself from the pain she was going through. Sadly the judge who sentenced her did not allow her to narrate her side of the story. At times I wonder whether some of our judges have the milk of human kindness in them. You jail a poor innocent girl without asking for her side of the story and expect her to deliver the unborn baby in prison? Sad!!!!! We at Crime Check Foundation will do all we can to have Ama Nima released from Prison”

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Later he posted another development “After we shared the story of Ama Nima from Kumasi Central Prison three weeks ago, many were those who expressed disgust. The thought of being sentenced to five years in prison because she couldn’t pay a court fine, after being beaten by other family members was difficult to grasp. But God works in mysterious ways! After her release from prison, I asked Ama what she wanted to do for a living. She said with 500 cedis, she could do a lot. Little did she know we at Crime Check Foundation had other plans for her. Through the donations we received from some good Samaritans, we rented a flat in Accra for Ama and her two children and moved them in. She was so surprised she wept all day. A dustbin attendant now moves into a plush accommodation paid in advance of four years. But the biggest surprise was on its way! This afternoon we showed Ama her big provisions shop and gave her a sum of seven thousand Ghana cedis. Your guess is as good as mine! It was tears and tears and tears of Joy! To all those who helped change the circumstances of poor Ama Anima, may the Almighty God richly bless you.

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