Farmer convicted of incest

A farmer, Emmanuel Kwevi, who looks older than 60 years but claims to be 48, has been convicted of incest by the Agona Swedru District Magistrate’s Court, presided over by Mr Kwaku Baah Frempong.

Kwevi had carnal knowledge of his 11-year-old stepdaughter at Awutu Obrachire.

He admitted his incestuous act and said the girl was 12 years and not 11 as had been alleged by the prosecution.

Additionally, Kwevi, who was charged with incest and defilement, claimed that he rather committed the crime at Awutu Adawukwa and not Obrachire as the prosecutor put it. 

Mr Frempong, however, said a tacit admission of the crime by Kwevi was enough and convicted him on his own plea of guilty.

The presiding judge, however, deferred Kwevi’s sentence for a higher court to determine his fate as the Magistrate’s Court lacked jurisdiction.

Inspector S. Opoku-Mensah said the victim was Kwevi’s stepdaughter with whom he lived together with her mother, who is Kwevi’s wife, at Awutu Obrachire.

According to the prosecutor, the victim’s mother is a teacher at Kasoa and therefore shuttles between Obrachire and Kasoa during the working days of the week.

Inspector Opoku-Mensah said whenever the girl’s mother was away at Kasoa, Kwevi sexually abused her.

According to the prosecutor, Kwevi’s sexual encounters with the victim began when she was 11 years and on each occasion Kwevi threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone about it.

Inspector Opoku-Mensah said in October 2013, however, the girl told a friend of hers in school about the pains she suffered after each sexual encounter with Kwevi.

The prosecutor said this information was later relayed to her headteacher, who eventually confirmed the allegation with the girl herself.

According to the prosecutor, the headmaster later reported Kwevi’s conduct to the police and he was arrested.

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