Gladys Bentum, mother of Priscilla Blessing Bentum, weeping during the press conference. INSETS: The victims (from top) Priscilla Mantebea Kuranchie, Priscilla Blessing Bentum, Ruth Love Quayson, Ruth Abakah.

A Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Health at the University of Ghana Legon, Dr. Emmanuel Asampong says the rejection of the DNA report by families of the missing Takoradi girls was expected.

He said the delicate nature of the case required the Police Service to have involved the families at all stages of the investigations as well as a general sensitisation for the public.

Dr. Asampong in an interview with GBC’s Radio Ghana noted that if the case had been handled professionally at the initial stages, the DNA results would have been more convincing to the families.

“Seldomly would you have people being told of bad news and they will accept it there and then. There usually are some stages that people go through. The very first one which is key, is this idea of denial.”

“Right from the beginning, if these processes had been handled that well, breaking the news of this DNA outcome perhaps would have been taken on quite well. I guess something did not go too well. But again, it’s also important for us to understand that the Police as a service have their processes, and very often because we are not in there, we are not privy to some of those processes.”

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