A 43-year-old cobbler who sexually assaulted his 11-year old stepdaughter has been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in hard labour by a Circuit Court at Akyem Swedru in the Eastern Region.
Osei Kofi, the convict, first appeared before the court presided over by Mr Edward Bosompem Apenkwa on February 29, this year.
On that appearance, he pleaded not guilty to defilement and was remanded, but after the trial, the court found him guilty of the offence.
The prosecutor, Police Chief Inspector Kwaku Appiah, had earlier told the court that the victim, who is a stepdaughter to Osei, is a pupil of Akyem Achiase Local Authority Primary School.
Chief Inspector Appiah said sometime in January, this year, when the victim returned from school and was at the kitchen, Osei sent a witness in the case to invite her to his room so that he could send her.
He said no sooner had the little girl responded to the call than Osei allegedly grabbed her firmly, gagged her with a rag and forcibly had sexual intercourse with her.
According to the prosecutor, after defiling the victim, Osei warned her not to disclose the ordeal to anyone or she might die.
He stated that the victim fell ill a few days later and when she was sent to the Achiase Health Centre, she was referred to the Oda Government Hospital, where it was detected that the girl had been defiled.
The prosecutor said the victim later revealed her ordeal to her parents, who immediately reported the matter to the police resulting in the arrest and prosecution of Osei.