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15.06.2009 Crime & Punishment

Unemployed remanded for defiling JHS student

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Dormaa Ahenkro (B/A), June 15, GNA – The circuit court in Dormaa Ahenkro in the Brong Ahafo Region has remanded Taah Manas, an unemployed youth, for allegedly defiling a second year Junior High School student.

Manas pleaded not guilty to the charge and the court presided by Justice V.C. Senu adjourned the case.

Police Chief Inspector Matthew Yeboah told the court that Manas proposed love to the victim who rejected on the grounds that she was too young.

Despite the girl's refusal, the suspect persisted and in May this year, he visited the girl at home, during the absence of her mother.

The victim had just emerged from the bathroom with a piece of cloth around her when Manas pounced on her and sexually assaulted her.

He then threatened the victim with death if she should disclose her ordeal to anyone and escaped from the house, but the girl reported to her mother when she returned. Manas denied knowledge when he was arrested saying it was a frame-up.

The court also remanded Frank Asamoah, a farmer, into prison custody on charges of unlawful entry and stealing.

Frank confessed to stealing one of the three items he was accused of, but Justice Senu adjourned the case until June 25 to allow the suspect's mother time to make restitution for the two remaining items yet to be retrieved.

Chief Inspector Yeboah said the complainant who is a carpenter, woke up one morning to discover that his gas cylinder, a phoenix bicycle, and eight trays of eggs were missing.

While investigations were going on, the police had a tip off that Frank had offered the cylinder for sale to a witness who feigned interest, so he was arrest.

In a cautioned statement, Frank admitted stealing the cylinder but not the bicycle and the egg trays.

Two persons, Atta Tutu, 25 and Kwaku Addai, 23, were fined GHC 400 each by the same court for conspiring to steal two bags of maize from a poultry farm.

The court remanded Ali Amadu, first accused, who pleaded not guilty.

Chief Inspector Yeboah said the complainant, Madam Elizabeth Anyata, in April this year, employed Amadu as a security officer on her poultry farm near Dormaa Ahenkro.

He said Tutu and Addai were close friends to Amadu and visited him regularly on the farm.

The prosecutor said around 2030 hours on May 23 this year, Tutu called Amadu on his cell phone and their conversation centred on how they could steal two bags of maize from the farm for sale.

Madam Anyata overheard the conversation so snatched the phone from Amadu and as she listened Tutu unknowingly continued with the conversation and revealed their plans to her.

The poultry farmer immediately caused Amadu's arrest and the two friends were nabbed later.

During police interrogation Amadu admitted that his friends proposed the theft of the bags of maize but he declined and warned them not to implicate him.


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