Grandpa Caged For 10 Years

70, one of the two old men who allegedly defiled a five-year-old Kindergarten girl at Effia near Takoradi in the Western Region, has been sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment.

The convict pleaded guilty of defiling girl, 5, and was convicted on his own plea.

His other alleged accomplice, Kofi Essuon, 60, was however remanded into police custody to reappear before the court on March 30, 2015 after he had pleaded not guilty to the charge of defilement.

The two old men were first hauled before the Takoradi Circuit Court on Monday, February 16, 2015, and the court, presided over by Mrs Rita Doko, remanded them into police custody and they re-appeared yesterday.

Kofi Essoun, a farmer, and Nana Ahenkofi allegedly took turns to defile the poor girl sometime in December 2014.

Essoun lives in the same house with the victim’s mother at Effia while Ahenkofi lives nearby.

The two, after purportedly defiling the girl, warned her not to tell anyone about her ordeal or else she would die.

It was alleged that Essoun was the first to defile the minor, after which Ahenkofi purportedly took over.

The two were said to have sat the girl on their laps in turns and abused her sexually, resulting in profuse bleeding from her private part and the anus.

Speaking to journalists, the Takoradi District Police Commander, Supt Peter Ofori Donkor, disclosed that in December last year Ama Asantewaaa, mother of the victim, detected blood stains on the panties of her daughter.

According to the police officer, when the mother questioned the daughter, she said that nothing had happened, and so the mother did not take the matter seriously.

However, on February 9 this year, while the victim was in school, she visited the toilet and kept long in coming out.

A female teacher, who became worried about the time the toddler was spending at the place, decided to follow up.

When the teacher went to the washroom, she saw the girl in serious pains, with her panties soaked with blood.

Superintendent Donkor disclosed further that after thorough examination, the teacher saw blood oozing from the girl’s private part and anus.

The female teacher then rushed her home and she was later sent to the Kwesimintsim Hospital.

The doctors, after examination, disclosed that the little girl had been defiled.

The case was, therefore, reported at the Takoradi Central Police Station and the victim, upon interrogation, mentioned Essoun and Ahenkofi as the people who had sex with her.

The old men were subsequently arrested and put before the court.

From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi

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