Crime & Punishment of Monday, 17 February 2014
A teacher has gone on trial at the Juaso Circuit Court over the defilement of a deaf and dumb girl at Akokobenom, a farming community in the Asante-Akim South District.
Francis Arhin, 25, who had impregnated the 15-year-old girl, denied wrongdoing, insisting that she is his girlfriend.
The court presided over by Mr Alex Obeng Asante ordered that he should be kept in prison custody to make his next court appearance on Thursday, February 27.
The accused teaches in the very community where the victim lives with the mother.
Police Inspector Manasseh Obimpeh said the mother had for some time observed marked changes in the victim, something that heightened her suspicion that the girl might be pregnant.
He said upon prodding, she revealed that Arhin had had sex with her, a claim he did not deny, when confronted.
The prosecution said the accused later prepared a concoction, gave it to the victim, ostensibly to terminate the pregnancy, but the mother intercepted the substance.
She took it to the Banka police station to make a formal report.
Pregnancy test conducted by doctors, who attended to her, established that she was carrying a 14-week foetus.