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Crime & Punishment of Friday, 16 September 2011

Source: Ghanain Times

Farmer jailed 20years for raping deaf girl

A 44-year-old farmer has been jailed 20years by the Ashaiman Circuit Court for defiling a partially deaf girl, aged 10.

Nyamekye Wadza, pleaded guilty to the charge but said he only pushed his male organ into the girl ‘Sir, my lord I could not penetrate’ and, therefore, pleaded with the court to deal with him leniently.

The judge, Mr Seyram Tsatsu Yao Azumah, n passing Sentence, said the punishment imposed on him could serve as a deterrent to men who took advantage of minors, women or people living with disability to abuse them sexually.

Prosecuting Inspector Dinah Sedame told the court that the victim lives with her grandmother at Oyibi, and Wadza normally performed odd jobs for the grandmother.

In the morning of September l, the child’s grandmother went to the market at Dodowa and left the victim and a younger sister behind.

According to the prosecution, Wadza went to the house and realising that there was no adult in the house, asked the girl to follow him to town to collect some money.

When they got to the outskirts of the town, he grabbed her in the bush and forcibly had sexual intercourse with her.

The screams of the girl attracted some people to the scene.

“Their presence did not deter the accused at all as he continued to enjoy himself,” until he was grabbed by the people.

He was taken to the chief’s palace and later handed over to the police.

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