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General News of Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Source: newswiregh

‘Wrongfully jailed’ rape victim seeks help to appeal her sentence

The Executive Director of Crime Check Foundation, Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng has shared the sad story of an “innocent” Ghanaian woman who is serving a three-year jail term at the Nsawam Female Prison.

Esther Oppong, according to a Facebook post shared by the Ambassador Extraordinaire of prisons, Mr. Kwarteng, was convicted for theft; a crime she claimed she did not commit.

The sad story reveals how Esther’s former employer sexually abused and begged her to bury the incident in order to protect his reputation.

“Esther claims her male employer (name withheld) drugged her and raped her when he invited her to render accounts of the business he had entrusted in her care. A weeping Esther threatened to report the incident to her family but her employer begged her to rescind her decision. He raped her another time. Esther reported the incident to her father, but the ‘rapist’ came begging with the explanation that his integrity and social standing will suffer if she reports him to the police,” Mr. Kwarteng disclosed in his Facebook post.

He explains how the convict’s former employer accused her of theft following her failure to return money he gave her as compensation for drugging, raping her twice and infecting her with gonorrhoea.

According to Esther, the money was given to her by the “rapist” as a capital for her to set up a business to help take care of her ailing health and other needs.

However, “two months later, this man asks Esther to return the business capital. Upon her refusal, he reports illiterate Esther to the police with the charge of stealing… She was jailed three weeks ago for two years at the Nsawam Female Prison.”

Mr. Kwarteng is, therefore, appealing to the public to support the Crime Check Foundation in advocating for the release of Esther Oppong from jail.

Read Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng’s message below: