Richard Adu Boakye, a Technician of the Accra Technical University who allegedly raped a 24 year student after she engaged in examination malpractices has been re-arrested and put before a District court in Accra.
Boakye’s re-arrest followed the recommendation from the Attorney General office that he should now be charged with rape. The accused person aged 31, is said to have raped the victim on January 27, this year. The Police sent a duplicate docket to the AG for advice. However based on the recommendation of the AG, Boakye is to answer a charge of rape. The District Court presided over by Mr Worlanyo Kotoku has remanded Boakye into Police custody to reappear on November 22. This was after Boakye’s lawyer had prayed the court to admit his client to bail since he is married, has a fixed place of abode and ready to provide sureties of substance. According to defence counsel, accused was invited and he came willingly indicating that he had no intention of escaping from the jurisdiction. But the court declared that it had no jurisdiction to hear the matter hence could not grant bail. Detective Sergeant Simon Terkpor, the prosecutor told the court that he would inform the AG about the bail application put in by the defence counsel. The facts as narrated in court were that the complainant aged 24 is a student at Accra Technical University residing at Kanda, Accra. Accused also resides at Teshie in Accra. Prosecution said on January 1, this year at about 0800 hours, the complainant name (withheld) was writing an internal examination at the university and in the course of that, Boakye who was the invigilator caught her with foreign materials with answers to some questions. The prosecutor said Boakye collected the complainant’s answers, student Identity Card and filled an examination malpractice form and kept them. After the examination at about 1100 hours, the complainant followed Boakye to his office pleading with him not to submit the examination malpractice form because she could be expelled from the university. Prosecution said the complainant alleged that Boakye asked her what she would offer him if he forgave her and she mentioned money. The prosecutor said when Boakye suggested sex, the complainant declined. “Complainant alleged that accused approached and attempted to open the buttons of her shirt and she resisted and two of the buttons got removed. Complainant further alleged that accused removed her black legers to her knee level,” the prosecutor told the court. According to the prosecutor accused then removed his trousers to his knee level and he had sex with her from behind. Thereafter, prosecution said Boakye tore the examination malpractice form and the foreign material in the presence of the complainant and she left the office. However, on the same day, prosecution said the complainant lodged a formal complainant with the university at about 1400 hours and Boakye was invited. “Boakye was handed over to the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit, Accra. The complainant was given a medical form to seek medical attention,” the prosecutor added.