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Man jailed 10 years for defilement

An unemployed man, Michael Akuffo, who sneaked into a house and defiled a 15-year-old Junior High School graduate, has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment by an Accra Circuit Court.

Akuffo, 26, denied the charge of defilement.

The Court, presided over by Mrs. Christina Cann, after the trial, found him guilty and sentenced him accordingly.

Narrating the facts of the case, Inspector Opoku Aniagyei, the Prosecutor, said the complainant was the victim’s mother.

The prosecution said the victim and her mother resided at Teshie Tebibiano in Accra.

Akuffo also resides in the same neighbourhood with the complainant and is a customer of the complainant who sells iced water.

The prosecution said on January 17, this year, at about 12 noon, Akuffo went to the complainant’s house and met the victim alone in the house.

It said Akuffo engaged the victim in a conversation and he informed her that he needed dry coconut to buy, but the victim told him that they do not sell some, and Akuffo left.

It said the victim went to sleep on a swinging chair on their porch and while asleep, Akuffo sneaked into the house and forcibly had sex with her, and fled.

The prosecution said after the act, the victim’s elder sister returned home and she narrated her ordeal to her sibling.

Akuffo, the Prosecution said, returned to the house with a bottle of soft drink to give to the victim and was nabbed.

It said the victim’s parents were informed on phone and they rushed home.

Akuffo was escorted to the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) at Nungua and a report was made.

DOVVSU later issued a medical form to the victim and a full medical report was submitted on her.

The Prosecution said Akuffo, in his caution statement, admitted the offence.


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