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02.04.2007 General News

Policeman Defiles Boy

By Kingsley E. Hope, Mampong

digg_url = 'index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=8488&Itemid=181';Rather than carrying out his guard duties at the Mpentiase barrier, a police constable stationed at Kwamang, near Mampong in Ashanti, abandoned his duty post at 9 p.m. and went searching for a companion for the night.

And as he could not get any member of the opposite sex in the community to help him out, he pounced on a 14-year-old boy and defiled him at gun point.

After the ordeal, the boy informed his relatives but the policeman, whose name was only given as Constable Ben, managed to escape through a window minutes before angry youth of Mpentiase, near Mampong stormed the house where the incident took place.

An alleged attempt by the Mampong police to influence the victim’s family to drop the case has further angered the inhabitants of Mpentiase.

The Mampong Divisional Police Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Augustine Gyening, told the Times that the case has been forwarded to the Regional Police Headquarters in Kumasi, but the Regional Commander could not be reached for be reached for comments as he was said to have travelled outside the region.

An uncle of the victim told the Times that the incident took place on Sunday, March 25 at about 9 pm.

He said Constable Ben has been on guard duties at a barrier post at Mpentiase where he enjoyed a cordial relationship with the victim’s family who lives opposite the barrier.

The uncle said, on that day, Constable Ben allegedly sent the victim to call him a lady while he relaxed in one of the rooms in the house.

The victim, according to the uncle, returned to inform Constable Ben that he did not meet the lady. On hearing that Ben was said to have asked the boy to wait in the room while he went out. In his return to the room, he allegedly sodomised the boy.

The boy’s uncle quoted the victim as saying that he resisted but Constable Ben allegedly pulled a pistol and threatened to kill him.

While the act was on, a woman tenant of the house who was going to the bathroom, incidentally entered the room where she saw Constable Ben in the act.

The woman, according to the uncle, raised the alarm but the policeman shoved her away and managed to escape through a window before the youth arrived at the scene.

The uncle said Dr Ahiable of the Mampong District Hospital, who attended to the boy, confirmed an act of sodomy.

Meanwhile, an HIV/AIDS test conducted proved negative.

The uncle said the police had attempted compensating the boy’s family members as a condition to drop the case but “we will not budge.”

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