I SWEAR IT IS JUJU! Emmanuel Kwasi Yevu jail 10 years and Kwasi Mortsi
A SCENE of humor erupted at an Accra Court yesterday when Emmanuel Kwasi Yevu, a man who was being tried for committing incest, pleaded with the judge to ‘forgive him his trespasses’ since his action was from a ‘juju’ spell cast on him by unknown enemies.
That humble appeal did not stop the trial judge, Justice Georgina Mensah Datsa, from sentencing him to ten years’ imprisonment after informing him that she had no powers over ‘juju’cases. The judge advised him to send his matter to a ‘juju court’ for settlement.
Yevu is reported to have impregnated his 13-year-old daughter after having sex with her on two occasions.
The convict, who attempted to abort the pregnancy, did not deny this allegation when he was put before the court.
The drama started when right after he pleaded guilty, his brother, who came to court to support him, raised his hand and informed the court that he had something to say.
The brother pleaded with the judge not to convict Yevu because his action was as a result of a spell cast on him.
According to him, Yevu, at one point, had confided in him that he was being haunted by some sort of charm that made him commit certain crimes he would not have committed if he was himself.
The convict, speaking in Ewe, confirmed his brother’s statement and informed the court that on the day of the incident, he got drunk and while sleeping that night, he detected that his daughter had put her leg on him.
According to him, because he often dreamt of having sex with his late wife, he was in a trance when the incident occurred and so he mistook his daughter for his wife.
Yevu said: “My Lord the thing came on me in a spiritual form. I sometimes dream that I am sleeping with my late wife. I took in some alcohol on the day in question before going to bed. I detected that my daughter had placed her legs on mine and I mistook her to be that of my late wife and I defiled her.”
The judge responded that she had powers only under the law but not ‘juju’ so he should send his matter to a ‘juju court’ for settlement.
This statement triggered laughter from the persons in the courtroom. Justice Datsa subsequently convicted him on his own plea and sentenced him to ten years’ imprisonment on each count but the sentences are to run concurrently.
Presenting the facts, ASP Sarah Acquah told the court that the complainant was the victim’s uncle.
According to her, Yevu is the father of the victim and that since the victim’s mother died, the little girl had been living with the father at Omanjor in Accra.
She narrated that somewhere in October 2011, the victim was sleeping when Yevu forced and had sex with her on two occasions.
After the acts, the victim informed her father that she had not menstruated for the past three months but Yevu, knowing very well that the victim was pregnant, gave the victim medicine to swallow and inserted some of the medicine into her vagina.
Soon after inserting the medicine, the victim began to complain of abdominal pains and she was rushed to the hospital.
A report was made to the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) at Odorkor Police station where the victim was issued with a medical form.
Yevu was later arrested by the police and during interrogation, he admitted to the offence.
By Mary Anane