DNA Clears Convict Of Defilement After 10 Years In Jail

At long last the puzzle surrounding the paternity of a 10-year-old boy has been solved as a DNA test ordered by the Supreme Court has cleared a man who had served 10 years in jail for allegedly defiling and impregnating a   14-year-old girl.

The ex-convict, Eric Asante, was released from prison in September this year because of good conduct after serving two-thirds of his jail term at the Nsawam Medium Security Prisons.

He was on September 5, 2005 sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment with hard labour by a Tamale high court after being found guilty of defiling one Rubamatu Mohammed, which led to the birth of the child. His conviction appears to be collapsing as it may be overturned by the Supreme Court in its next sitting.

Asante, who had at the initial stages of the trial denied having had an affair with Rubamatu, appealed against his conviction, but the Appeal Court on October 6, 2006 dismissed it.

While in prison, Asante again in 2012 went further to the Supreme Court to file a notice of appeal against his conviction, followed by an application for an order for a DNA test on the child.

It may be recalled that DAILY GUIDE in its July 7, 2015 edition reported that the Supreme Court had upheld the application for the DNA test and accordingly ordered Rubamatu to make the child available for the initial test at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.

However, Rubamatu did not make the 10-year old-boy available for the test as ordered by the court.

This compelled Kwami Boni, counsel for Asante, to haul Rubamatu and two others – Juliet Tuinjina and Gladys Abokokpa – aunty and elder sister of Rubamatu respectively before the Supreme Court, citing them for contempt.

He had argued in his application for committal for contempt among other things that the conduct of the respondents was deliberate, knowing very well that Eric Asante never had sex with her (Rubamatu).

DNA Results
Eventually, the DNA report from the Police Hospital Forensic Laboratory cleared Asante, claiming that he is not the father of the boy.

Justice Yaw Appau, the Supreme Court judge, said the result of the test exonerated Asante of having any biological relations with the                      10-year-old boy.

The DNA result, the court explained, did not match with Eric Asante’s genome and therefore the convict could not be the father of the boy.

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By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson

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