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18.05.2005 Crime & Punishment

Corn mill operator remanded for impregnating niece

By GNA

Agona Swedru, May 18, GNA - A 32 year old corn miller has been remanded in prison custody by an Agona Swedru for impregnating his niece.

Kwame Amoah who pleaded not guilty to the charge of incest would reappear on May 31 2005.

Prosecuting Superintend of Police Charles Borstie told the court presided over by Mr Charles Adjei Wilson that the accused was a corn mill operator at Bortianor near Accra while the victim was staying with her parents at Awutu Bawjiasie in the Central Region.

He said last year in November, the accused visited the victim's father at Awutu Bawjiasie but met his absence.

According to the prosecution, Amoah informed the household that the victim's father sent him a message to visit and so would pass the night. In the night while the victim was asleep, the accused sneaked into the victim's room and lied by her.

Supt Borstie told the court that he tore the panties of the 18-year-old seamstress apprentice and after a fierce struggle overpowered her and had sexual intercourse with the victim. He said the girl became so traumatised and could not report her ordeal to the parents.

The Prosecutor stated that the accused hunted by his own misdeed left the house unceremoniously for Bortianor but after some months the victim fell sick and her mother took her to Adom Clinic where she was found to be pregnant.

When her mother asked the girl for the one responsible she mentioned the accused and the matter was reported to the Swedru Divisional Women and Juvenile Unit of the Police Service and after investigation he was charged before the court.

The Prosecutor told the court that the pregnancy was five months old.

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