16.04.2004 Regional News

Farmer jailed 12 years for defilement.

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Juaso (Ash) April 15, GNA- A farmer at Domeabra who used toffee to entice a three-year old girl and sexually abused her has been sentenced to 12 years imprisonment with hard labour by the Juaso circuit court. Kwame Willie pleaded not guilty to a charge of defilement.

Prosecuting, Police Chief Inspector Haruna Salifu told the court, presided over by Mr Jacob B. Boon that on April 19, 2003, at about 5:30 p.m., the, mother of the victim who is a bar keeper, told her 10-year old son to keep her bar, while she went to fetch water from a nearby public stand pipe.

Soon after the women had left, Kwame Willie went to the bar, bought some drinks, and as he was taking it, he started to play with the three-year-old girl and promised to buy her some toffee.

Chief Inspector Salifu said when he (Willie) was leaving, he carried the little girl along, the boy questioned where he was taking his sister to, and replied that he was buying her some toffee.

When the mother returned and did not see her daughter, the boy told her that Willie had gone out with her; she followed to trace the accused, but could not find him and the daughter. Some 30 minutes later, the mother saw the victim coming home crying.

The prosecution said the victim told the mother that she will go to toilet, and she provided her with a chamber pot. After the toilet, she saw some blood stains in the faeces and also found bruises on the victim's private part, which alarmed her and called some witnesses to help arrest the accused.

Since Willie could not be traced, the victim's mother reported the case to the Juaso police, who issued her with medical report form to go to Agogo Basel Mission Hospital for treatment, where the medical officer stated that the child had been sexually abused.

Chief Inspector Salifu said Willie, who was later arrested in connection with another case and brought to the police station was identified by Madam Adwoa Afram, the mother of the girl as the one who committed the crime.

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