Man, 70, Gets 7 years For Defilement
4/24/2012 6:31:32 PM -
A 70-year-old farmer who impregnated a 13-year-old orphan after sexually abusing her on several occasions has been convicted and sentenced to seven years' imprisonment in hard labour.
Kofi Adanu, the convict, when he was charged with the offence of defilement at an Accra Circuit Court presided over by Sedinam Agbemava, showed remorse for his action, pleading with the court to deal leniently with him.
The judge, following his plea of guilt, convicted him and sentenced him accordingly to serve as a deterrent to sexy old men who had lately taken interest in sleeping with minors.
Chief Inspector I.A.A. Ahor informed the court while presenting the facts that the victim was a class-four pupil living with her grandmother at Danfa, near Ayimensah, a suburb of Accra. .
Kofi Adanu is a 70-year-old Togolese farmer living with his grandchildren near the victim's house.
The victim reportedly went to the convict's house to play with his grandchildren.
The prosecutor narrated that about a year ago, the convict took advantage of the vulnerable girl whose grandmother was too old to cater for her and started having sex with her.
According to the prosecutor, each time Adanu had sex with the victim, he put fear in her by threatening to kill her if she reported the matter to anyone.
Based on the threats, the victim kept the ordeal to herself until her class teacher recently detected that she was pregnant and questioned her.
The victim revealed her ordeal to her teacher.
Although the convict was confronted on the issue, the matter was not reported to the police.
The prosecutor said on April 18, 2012, the complainant, a mason living at Haatso Ecomog with his family, went to the victim's neighbourhood to do business. When he heard of the victim's plight, he conducted preliminary investigations after which he informed the police.
The police issued a medical form to the victim and accompanied her to the hospital where it was confirmed that she was pregnant.
Adanu was arrested and in his caution statement, he reportedly admitted to the offence and said he was only assisting the victim's grandmother to take care of her since he gave her money after each act.
In a related development, a store keeper, one Frank Acheampong, has also been remanded into police custody by the same court for allegedly defiling a 13-year-old pupil living with an auntie at Sampa Valley.
Chief Inspector Ahor narrated that in March 2012, the victim, who sold Ga kenkey in front of Frank's house, went to the accused to collect an amount of GH¢5, being debt he owed her for buying kenkey and fish.
According to the prosecutor, when the victim got to the accused person's house, Frank allegedly told her to enter the room and as soon as the victim did, he reportedly pushed her into a sofa and had sex with her, after which he warned her not to report the incident to anybody.
The victim fearfully kept her ordeal to herself until her auntie saw a change in her walking and asked her what the problem was.
The victim then informed the auntie who reported the case to the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit at Kaneshie for investigation.
A police medical form was issued for her to attend hospital. The victim has since been medically examined and a report submitted on her.
Frank was arrested and according to the prosecutor, he admitted to the offence but said he had sex with the victim six months ago and not in March this year.
By Mary Anane