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Crime & Punishment of Monday, 10 March 2014

Source: Daily Heritage

Court orders abortion after father impregnates daughter

The pregnancy of a 14-year-old girl (name withheld) has been aborted by medical personnel at the Kibi Government Hospital on the orders of the Mpraeso Magistrate Court.

The 14-year-old girl was impregnated by her father,Kwabena Antwi,38,a galamsey operator at Kibi after having sex with the daughter for a year. The accused has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.

Information gathered by the Daily Heritage from the Kibi Divisional Office of the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit of the Ghana Police Service indicated that, the victim initially lived with her divorced mother at Begoro from infancy, but was later taken to the father (accused) when she was 13yrs.

Sources indicate that, the accused took advantage of her daughter's stay and continuously had sexual intercourse with her for almost a year.Sources noted that the victim complained to some members of her family about the ordeal, but was told to shut up because they believed she only wanted to disgrace the father

On 3rd January this year.the mother of the victim came to take her away from the father. While with the mother, the victim narrated her ordeal to the mother, but when the father was questioned, lie and denied the claim by the victim.

The accused is reported to have beaten the victim for attempting to disgrace him when she went back to the father.

Later, it was discovered that the victim was pregnant for almost three months. She mentioned the father as responsible for the pregnancy.

The source further revealed that some of the family members attempted to cover up the matter, but the divorced mother of the victim would not condone this. She reported the case to the police who immediately arrested Kwabena.

The father admitted claims by the daughter after detailed interrogation by the Police.

The accused was put before the Kwarbeng Magistrate Court and was remanded, but was later transferred to the Mpraeso Magistrate Court where he was charged and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment with hard labour.

The court further ordered that the pregnancy of the victim be terminated because it amounted to incest.

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