General News of Monday, 11 February 2013
The Agona Swedru Circuit Court presided over by N.K.E. Osam has remanded a 38-year-old machine operator into custody on charges of incest and defilement.
Nana Evans Acquah, who pleaded not guilty, was ordered to reappear before the court on February 28, 2013.
Police arrested the suspect for allegedly defiling his 14-year-old daughter.
The suspect, who resides at Woraba Estate, a suburb of Agona Swedru, is reported to have defiled his daughter (name withheld), a primary four pupil, on a number of occasions when she visited him to collect money for school.
The victim is said to be residing with her mother at Desuenim, also in Swedru.
Swedru Divisional Police Crime Officer Deputy Superintendent Kennedy Edusei said the victim claimed that her father had been defiling her since August 2012.
He reported that the victim said her father often defiled her in the room after giving her GHc2 as upkeep money for school.
Mr Edusei said on January 27, 2013, the victim, who was bleeding profusely, fell sick and was taken to the Swedru Government Hospital for medical attention by her mother, Madam Grace Appiah.
He said it was after examination by the medical officer that it was detected that the victim had been defiled several times with bruises around her private parts.
Mr Edusei explained that upon interrogation, the victim claimed that her father had defiled her on three occasions since August, 2012 anytime she visited him to collect money and that he had subsequently warned her not to mention it to anybody else lest he scold her.
He explained that due to her father’s threat, the victim had been afraid to inform anybody about her ordeal, even her mother.
The Crime Officer said the suspect denied the allegations in his caution statement to the police.
He further stated that the suspect would be charged with incest and defilement and put before court.