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02.02.2005 Crime & Punishment

School proprietor convicted for defilement

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Agona Swedru (C/R), Feb. 2, GNA - The Agona Swedru circuit court last Tuesday convicted a 38-year-old school proprietor, Samuel Kweku Boateng to seven year imprisonment in hard labour for defiling a 15-year-old girl in the bush.

Boateng pleaded guilty to defilement and was convicted on his own plea.

The girl, who was 26 weeks pregnant, according to Breman Asikuma Catholic hospital medial report, was warned by Boateng not to disclose the sexual intercourse to relatives, until she fell sick.

Prosecuting Chief Inspector Gershon Kwame Awuyeh ;of Brakwa told the court, presided over by Mr Charles Adjei Wilson that Boateng was a proprietor of New Hope Preparatory School at Bedanegya village near Brakwa in Asikuma Odoben-Brakwa District.

Prosecution said in June 2004, Boateng kept surveillance on the girl when she was going to the farm alone.

Boateng defiled the girl on the farm and warned her not to disclose it to relatives.

Prosecution said three months after the defilement, the parents detected her poor health condition and when she was sent to the hospital, medical report revealed pregnancy.

Prosecution said Victoria then mentioned the name of Boateng. The case was then reported to the police and upon investigations Boateng was arrested and charged with defilement.

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