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General News of Wednesday, 12 June 2019


Student jailed for raping mentally retarded woman

A student of the University of Cape Coast who raped a 20 -year old mentally retarded woman at Assin Demsame has been sentenced to six years imprisonment by a Cape Coast Circuit Court.

The convict, Akwesi Appiah, 26, alias Jaga, pleaded guilty to the charge of having carnal knowledge of an imbecile.

Prosecuting, Detective Inspector John Asare Bediako, told the Court presided over by Mrs Dorinda Smith Arthur, that the complainant, a farmer, resides in the same vicinity as the convict at Assin Damsame near Assin Praso in the Central Region. He said the complainant normally leaves the victim in the care of her grandmother any time she goes out due to victim’s condition.

The Prosecution said on Thursday September 13, 2018, at about 1130hours the complainant’s grandmother left the victim home to fetch firewood, the victim went to the bathroom to take her bath but Appiah rushed on her there and had sexual intercourse with her.

The Prosecution said the victim later informed her grandmother about the incident who quickly reported the matter to the police and a medical report form was issued to her to send the victim to the hospital for examination.

He said Appiah bolted from the town but was later arrested by Assin Praso police from his hideout and during interrogation he confessed to the act and was handed over to Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU).