A 51-year-old teacher (name withheld) who allegedly defiled a five-year-old girl at Maamobi, a suburb of Accra, pleaded not guilty to the defilement charge against him at his first court appearance at the Accra Circuit Court.
The Court presided over by Her Honour Patricia Amponsah admitted the suspect to bail in the sum of GHS 50,000 with three sureties, one to be justified with a title deed
. The case was adjourned to 10th January 2021 for Case Management Conference.
The lawyer for the accused prayed the Court for bail for his client, insisting the accused had no criminal records that point to a possible interference or escape that will frustrate proceedings.
Meanwhile, the Court has ordered the prosecution to file and serve their disclosures on the accused.
Prosecuting Chief Inspector Kofi Atimbire narrated that the complainant was the mother of the victim. The complainant, unemployed, resides with the victim.
The prosecution said at about 6:30 am on 19th November 19, the victim complained about pains in her vagina while being bathed by the complainant (mother of the victim). The victim revealed through gestures how the suspect had sexually assaulted her the previous day (18th November)when she was returning from an Arabic class the evening of the fateful day.
“The victim indicated that on the said date, the accused took her to his room near the Arabic School, removed her pant, applied pomade into her vagina and he had sex with her,” Chief Inspector Kofi Atimbire narrated.
A medical report requested by the Prosecutor confirmed penetration after the case was reported at the Domestic Violence and Victims’ Support Unit at the Nima Police Station. The accused was arrested and charged after the report was received.
Ghana recorded 790 defilement cases in 2017. In 2019 there was a surge in cases with 1,270 cases recorded. Presently, defilement, defined as sex with a girl younger than sixteen years, is a crime in Ghana. (Criminal Offences Act, 1960).
Whoever naturally or unnaturally carnally knows any child under sixteen years of age, whether with or without his or her consent commits an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term of not less than seven years and not more than twenty-five years.