Crime & Punishment | Dec 14, 2017

Estate Agent On Remand For Defilement

Gideon Laryea, a property agent has appeared before an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly defiling his 10 year old niece at Osu.

Laryea is said to have admitted inserting his finger into the victim's vagina but denied have sexual intercourse with her.

Charged with two counts of defilement, Laryea has pleaded not guilty.

The court presided over by Mrs. Abena Oppong Adjin-Doku has remanded Laryea into Police custody to reappear on December 21.

Prosecuting Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Adolphine Dzansi said the complainant is a 30 year old trader residing at Osu with her 10 year daughter, who is the victim in the case.

DSP Dzansi said the victim however spends the weekends with her paternal grandmother in their family house.

According to the prosecutor, Laryea who is an uncle to the victim and resides in the family house sharing a chamber and hall with his father.

Prosecution said Laryea normally does his laundry on Sundays and investigations revealed that Laryea often invites the victim to come and sit by him whiles washing.

He then gave his phone loaded with nude pictures to the victim to watch and subsequently, 'sent the victim to his father's room, suck her breast, inserted his fingers into her vagina and have sexual intercourse with her,' prosecution told the court.

DSP Dzansi said the victim since August this year has endured the ordeal to date.

According to the prosecutor, further investigations revealed that on December 2, this year, at about 10:00am, the complainant sent the victim to her grandmother, there Laryea called her, fondled her and had sexual intercourse with her on a bed at where he usually does his washing.

The same day, prosecution said the complainant noticed blood stains in the victim's pants and thought she had menstruated.

On December 11, this year, at about 6:00am, the complainant noticed blood stains again in the victim's pants and quizzed her.

'It was there that the victim broke down and told her that accused has been fingering her and having sexual intercourse with her anytime she goes to her grandmother's place,'' prosecution said.

The prosecutor said the complainant informed her husband and accused person was arrested and brought to the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU), Accra where a medical report form was issued to the victim.

Prosecution said Laryea in his cautioned statement admitted inserting his finger into the victim's vagina but denied having sex with her.


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