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02.10.2006 Crime & Punishment

Labourer Jailed 25 Years For Defilimg Toddler

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Labourer Jailed 25 Years For Defilimg Toddler
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A Circuit Court at Asante Bekwai has slammed a 25 year jail term on Eric Agyei, 26, labourer for defiling a two and half year old toddler.

The court, presided over by Mr. Adjei Frimpong convicted Agyei after he pleaded guilty to defilement when he made his first appearance before the court early this month and accordingly handed him the sentence.

Passing judgement, Mr. Frimpong frowned on defilement and said he was giving Agyei a maximum sentence to serve as a deterrent to others in future.

The facts available to the court, according to the Bekwai District Police Commander, DSP Akwasi Kankam Boadu was that on August 24, the victim's mother left her in the care of another person and left for the farm.

At about 3 p.m., Agyei spotted the girl playing in front of the house of the caretaker alone and took her to a nearby refuse dump and defiled her.

In the course of it, the caretaker who heard the screams of the toddler rushed to the refuse dump only to catch Agyei red handed.

On seeing her, Agyei run away, vanishing from the area-Anyanso near Nsuam in Bekwai but was arrested by residents immediately he re-surfaced two days later and handed over to the police.

He was quickly arraigned before the court which also hammered him with the 25 years in hard labour.

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