Man gets 25 years for defiling daughter

A 30-year-old father of three who defiled his eight-year old biological daughter has been sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment with hard labour by the Kumasi Circuit Court.

The convict, Jude Kuunifaa, pleaded guilty to three counts of defilement, assault and incest. 

He is also to serve three years each for assault and incest, but the sentences are to run concurrently.

Kuunifaa took advantage of the absence of his wife, who had left the house for an evening church service, and defiled his daughter, who is his first born.

The convict told the court that he had a chronic disease which made him fall often. This happened on the day of the incident and before he realised, he was on top of his daughter. His assertion made the audience burst into laughter.

Prosecuting, Police Chief Inspector Gulliver Tenkorang told the court, presided over by Mr William Boampong, that the complainant in the case was the wife of the convict with whom the accused had three children.

The prosecution said the couple lived at Sekyeredumase in the Ejura Sekyeredumase District   in  the   Ashanti Region.   At about 7 p.m. on January 3, this year,  the complainant left the house for a church service, leaving the victim to take care of her siblings.

After about 30 minutes, the complainant returned home to take her drugs, only to find her husband on top of their daughter. Out of shock, the complainant raised an alarm that drew the attention of their neighbours. 

This did not go down well with Kuunifa and to prevent his wife from making further noise, he subjected her to severe beating till she was rescued by a family member, who met the accused almost naked.

The victim was taken to the Sekyeredumase Health Centre and later referred to the Ejura Government Hospital, where she was examined, treated and discharged.

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