An Asamankese Circuit Court has sentenced Isaac Larbi, an Accra-based trader, to 10 years imprisonment for harbouring and defiling a 14-year-old girl for four days.
Larbi 22, pleaded not guilty.
Prosecuting, Police Chief Inspector Kate Ogyiri, told the court presided over by Mr Emmanuel Siameh that, Larbi first met the primary school girl at Asamankese and lured her to a house and defiled her.
She said Larbi later eloped with the victim for four days while her parents were searching for her.
Police Chief Inspector Ogyiri said Larbi on a visit to Asamankese from Accra met the girl who was on a visit from Asikasu near Asamankese on an errand from her parents.
She said while on her way to buy the items, she met Larbi who engaged her in conversation and later proposed love to her, after which he lured her into a house and defiled her and warned her not to inform anybody about her ordeal.
The prosecution said Larbi later during the day after the act and in the company of some friends sent the victim to her parents with the explanation that she was found loitering at Asamankese.
Police Chief Inspector Ogyiri said on January 1, this year, the victim left home unceremoniously to Asamankese to collect GH¢90 which Larbi picked from her bag during the previous day's encounter.
She said victim's mother later went to the police to report that she was missing and the parents together with the police began searching for her in vain.
The prosecution said on January 8, this year, Larbi sent the victim to his home town at Obawale near Asesewa and continued defiling her until the morning of January 11, when the victim's mother upon a tip-off led the police to Obawale where they met the victim and Larbi and arrested him.
She said Larbi was sent to Asamankese Police station while the victim was given a medical form to attend hospital for examination and treatment.
Larbi admitted taking the victim to Obawale and sleeping in the same room for four days but denied defiling her.