Crime & Punishment of Thursday, 17 January 2013
Akwesi Appiah, 23, was on Wednesday remanded in police custody by a Cape Coast Circuit Court for defiling a thirteen year-old girl.
He pleaded not guilty and would be re-arraigned on Tuesday January 22.
Police Inspector Christiana Sampong told the court presided over by Mrs Florence Kai Otu that on the morning of Saturday December 1, the complainant, Mr Matthew Koomson also a farmer and a drinking bar operator at Assin Betwease, traveled with his wife to a funeral leaving the victim and her siblings at home.
She said at about 7:00 pm Appiah who lives in the same neighborhood with Mr Koomson, went to purchase some local gin and noticed that Mr Koomson and his wife had not returned from their trip.
Inspector Sampong said Appiah then took advantage of the situation to lure the victim into his house and had sexual intercourse with her.
She said when the couple returned home around 21:00 hours they had a hint that Appiah had taken the victim to his house and Mr Koomson rushed to Appiah’s room and found his daughter half naked and took her home.
When questioned at home the girl disclosed to her father the ordeal she went through in the hands of Appiah and the case was reported to the police.