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10.06.2007 Crime & Punishment

Two charged with gang rape


Two friends have been arraigned before a circuit court in Kumasi for allegedly gang raping a 16 year old girl.

Kofi Twumasi, mechanic, 20 and Fred Amoako, barber, 19, whose pleas were not taken have been remanded to re-appear on June 13.

The court issued a bench warrant for the arrest of a third accused person, a female accomplice who allegedly offered her room for the commission of the crime.

Giving the facts of the case, Miss Ellen Kwawukume, a State Attorney, told the court presided over by Mr Ernest Yao Obimpeh that both victims and the accused persons lived at Atonso Buokro, a suburb of Kumasi.

She said on May 5, last year Twumasi and Amoako met the victim and invited her for soft drinks but ended up lacing it with "Pusher" an alcoholic beverage, which made her drunk.

The prosecutor said the two took advantage of her condition, took her into the third accused person's room after obtaining her permission and had carnal knowledge of her until she become unconscious.

Terrified and traumatised by the ordeal she had gone through, the victim did not report the incident to her mother and did not go home but rather went to live with a friend.

Up till May 22 the victim had not returned home until her mother's friend spotted her and informed the mother.

The victim's mother made a report to the police following her daughter's revelations to her and the accused persons were arrested.

Source: GNA