Crime & Punishment of Saturday, 18 January 2014
A 25-year-old teacher has been arrested by the Odorkor Police for allegedly defiling a five-year-old pupil.
The suspect, Nana Yaw Addo Larbi, popularly called Sir Larbi, was said to have defiled the pupil in the washroom of a school at Gbawe in Accra on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.
Even though the victim is a pupil of the school where Sir Larbi teaches, he is not her class teacher.
Waiting for school bus
Confirming the case to the Daily Graphic in Accra, the Odorkor District Police Commander, Superintendent of Police Mr Abraham Acquaye, said the victim’s parents reported the case to the police after they had sought medical attention for their daughter who had bled from her private parts on that fateful Tuesday.
The victim was in the school with other pupils who were waiting after school hours for a school bus to send them home.
The commander said the victim told a medical doctor that a teacher called Sir Larbi forcibly had sex with her in the washroom.
She said Sir Larbi had followed her to the washroom when she went to urinate in the course of waiting for the school bus.
That was after the victim had refused to disclose to her parents and other relations who had questioned her after seeing blood in her panties what had happened to her.
24 Lashes threat
The girl is said to have told the doctor that the teacher had threatened to give her 24 lashes if she disclosed what had happened to anybody.
About 5 p.m. on that Tuesday, when the girl got home, she told her mother that she wanted to wash her panties while a relative was washing their dirty clothes.
Even though the mother protested, the relative asked the girl to go ahead and wash her panties.
“It was when she removed her panties to wash that her mother and the other relative noticed that the panties were soaked with blood,” Mr Acquaye said.
Clots of blood
An examination of the victim’s private parts revealed that she had clots of blood oozing out.
She was quickly rushed to a nearby private clinic, where she confided in the doctor who examined her that she had been defiled by one Sir Larbi.
As a result of the nature of her condition, the doctor referred the victim to the Police Hospital for further treatment.
Mr Acquaye said the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit of the Odorkor Police had concluded its investigations and would process the suspect for court on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.