Crime & Punishment of Wednesday, 30 July 2014
A Circuit Court in Accra on Tuesday handed down a 12 year jail term to a 40-year-old labourer for defiling a 15 year-old girl in a kiosk at Kawokodi in Accra.
James Sampa, charged with defilement, was found guilty at the end of the trial before the court presided over by Ms Sedina Agbemava.
According to the court Sampa after defiling the victim infected her with a vaginal infection for which the victim was treated.
The facts as presented by Prosecuting Inspector Kofi Atimbire, were that the complainant was a writer based at Maamobi in Accra.
According to the prosecution, the victim lives with the mother at Kawokudi, and that, Sampa also resides in the same area.
On August 21, 2012, at about 1630 hours, the victim was sent by her mother to collect a mobile phone from a friend.
On her way, Sampa, who was standing in front of his kiosk called the victim.
Based on Sampa’s request, the victim entered the kiosk and unknown to the victim; he (Sampa) pushed the victim on to his bed and had sex with her.
Prosecution said when the victim was entering the kiosk, some witnesses saw her and informed the victim’s mother and they all entered Sampa’s kiosk.
Inspector Atimbire said the victim and the witnesses, knocked at the Kiosk but there was no response and they forced open the door only to find Sampa and the victim.
Sampa was apprehended and sent to the Nima Police station where the victim was issued with a medical form to attend hospital.
Prosecution said the matter was later referred to the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU), Accra.