Ghana: Factory Worker Jailed 7yrs for Defilement

Abubakari Kwabena has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment for defiling a-thirteen-year-old girl.

The presiding judge convicted Abubakari Kwabena on his own plea, when he was arraigned before an Accra circuit court on the charge of defilement of a child under 16 years, contrary to section 101/2 of Act 29/60, as amended by section 11 of Act 554/98. Abubakari is expected to serve the seven years in hard labour.

Briefing the court on the case, the Prosecuting Officer, D/Insp Kofi Atimbire said the victim, a thirteen year old pupil, resides with the father at Old Fadama, a suburb of Accra, in the same vicinity as the assailant, Abubakari Kwabena, an eighteen year old factory hand.

According to the prosecutor, on January 13, 2013, the victim went to take her bath in a public bath house in the neighbourhood in the morning, and on her way back home, she decided to visit Abubakari Kwabena, with only a cloth covering her body.

Abubakari took advantage of the pleasant visit to have sexual intercourse with the teenager, the prosecutor told the court, adding that victim's father started to search for his daughter, since she had taken a long time in returning home.

The father later saw his daughter coming out from the convict's house and became suspicious, as a result of which he questioned her, but was told of the ordeal experienced under the hands of her assailant, the prosecutor told the court.

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