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27.02.2009 Crime & Punishment

Teacher defiles 10 year old pupil


The Brong Ahafo regional branch of the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DoVVSU) is searching for a 25 year old teacher Michael Gyamfi of Solomon Bennett Memorial School in Sunyani, for allegedly defiling a 10 year old class five pupil of the school on two occasions.

According to the Regional Head of DoVVSU, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Kwaku Amoako, both the victim and the teacher reside in the school with some other students.

He said the teacher defiled the girl on two occasions in one of the class rooms, and when the girl became sick and was interrogated, she revealed the teacher's conduct to her mother.

DSP Amoako said on December 12, 2008, the case was reported at the unit and police went to the school to arrest the suspect, but he disappeared.

He said later the police had information that the school authorities together with suspect's father had gone to the girl's family to settle the matter amicably, alleging that the suspect's father had paid an amount of GHC 710.00 to the girl's mother, to influence her to discontinue with the case.

He said effort to arrest Gyamfi proved futile and the police therefore issued summons to the school authorities as well as suspect's father to appear before court, on charges of exposing child to danger and “compounding crime” respectively.

DSP Amoako appealed to the general public to assist the police with the necessary information, which could lead to the arrest of the teacher.

He advised the public to desist from shielding criminals so as to avoid trouble.