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Crime & Punishment of Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Source: GNA

Prosecution presents fourth witness in Gabass sodomy trial

The prosecution in the case involving Dr Sulley Ali Gabass, the medical practitioner accused of sodomising a 16-year-old senior high school student, on Monday presented its fourth witness.

The witness, Dr Nii Adu-Aryee, from the Surgical Department of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, completed his evidence from the side of the prosecution after which the defence counsel started its cross examination.

The case was adjourned to March 20, for the defence counsel to continue and hopefully conclude the cross examination.

The evidence was heard in camera.

At the last adjourned date the third prosecution witness, Sergeant Francis Odei-Asiedu, the investigator, concluded his cross examination and had since been discharged.

The prosecution, so far, has presented four witnesses; the first being the victim, followed by Manasseh Azure Awuni, a journalist, then Sergeant Francis Odei-Asiedu, and the fourth being Dr Nii Adu-Aryee.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Aidan Dery, told the court that the accused person resided in Takoradi in the Western Region.

DSP Dery said in September last year, the victim became Dr Gabass’s friend on Facebook, a social media platform, and they communicated on line and on the cell phone.

The prosecution said in October last year, Dr Gabass arranged and met the victim at Kasoa New Market, where he had anal sex with him in his car in front of a bank.

DSP Dery said on December 28 last year, at about 1900 hours, Dr Gabass met the victim again at the same spot and had another anal sex with him, and gave him a Samsung Galaxy mobile phone and Gh¢20.00.

The prosecution said the victim fell ill and when he informed Dr Gabass, he prescribed paracetamol tablets for him.

DSP Dery said Dr Gabass had three more anal encounters with the victim, and after the fifth act, the victim started experiencing excruciating pains.

He complained to the accused person, who gave him money to go for medical treatment but the victim did not go for the treatment.

The prosecution said when the victim’s condition worsened he was sent to the Ahmadiyya Mission Hospital but was referred to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

The prosecution said when the accused person was informed about the victim’s plight, he sent Gh¢800.00 through the victim’s elder brother to cater for his hospital expenses.

DSP Dery said Anal Fistula and Anal Rectal Abscess surgical operations were performed on the victim, and it was during the session that he was diagnosed HIV positive. He mentioned Dr Gabass as the one responsible for the ailment.

The prosecution said while on admission, the witness got wind of the matter and interviewed the victim, conducted background checks on the accused person, who was also interviewed.

In secret recordings, Dr Gabass allegedly confessed having anal sex with the victim.

Following media publications, the police initiated investigations into the matter and the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit in Sekondi arrested Dr Gabass.

During police interrogation, Dr Gabass admitted knowing the victim as a friend but denied having anal sex with him.

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