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03 February 2017

E/R: Man, 67, arrested for defiling girl, 13

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A 67-year-old man, John Akanah has been arraigned before the Koforidua Circuit Court ‘B’ for allegedly defiling a 13-year-old Class four pupil of an Islamic Primary School in Koforidua in the Eastern region.

The accused person who was caught in the act, pleaded not guilty to the offense when he appeared before court. The case has since been adjourned to February 16, 2017.

Presenting the facts of the case in court, the Prosecutor, Chief Inspector Solomon Keelson, said the complainant in the matter is brother of the victim while the accused person is a labourer who resides in Koforidua Ada.

According to the prosecutor, the accused person had been harassing the victim sexually whenever she passes through his  house to School, to the point of touching her private parts.

He said, in December 2016, the accused person lured the victim into his room with the pretext of sending her to buy him charcoal and forcibly had sex with her. The ordeal allegedly continued severally.

On January 22, 2017 at about 1:30pm, the accused person sent the victim on an errand again and upon her return, allegedly had sex with her but luck eluded him when the mother and brother of the victim got wind of it through an informant which compelled them to storm the room.

Chief Inspector Keelson further explained that, the accused was caught naked in the act and was arrested and handed over to the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit, DOVVSU.

The Prosecutor told the court that, a police medical report form was issued to the victim to attend hospital. He said the medical report confirmed the act and an investigation caution statement was taken from the accused person in the presence of an independent witness.

 

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