Kwesi Mortsi, a carpenter, has been remanded by an Accra Circuit Court, after he was accused of raping his 18-year-old biological daughter, who lives with him.
The accused person, who had compelled his daughter to abort three pregnancies within last year, also prevented his daughter from going to work by seizing her handbag after she refused to have sex with him.
He was put in a court presided over by Justice Georgina Mensah-Datsa, a High Court judge sitting with additional responsibility.
The carpenter, 40, pleaded not guilty to the offence and has been remanded in police custody while the case has been adjourned to February 17, 2012.
Presenting the facts of the case, the prosecuting officer, Chief Inspector A.A. Ahor, told the court that the victim is an 18-year-old girl who lives with her father, the accused, at Dansoman near the Keep Fit Club.
According to him, the accused had had sexual intercourse with his daughter for one-and-a-half years now.
The police officer said in 2011 alone, the carpenter impregnated his daughter on three occasions but he compelled her to abort due to the scandal it might create.
In addition, he stated that on January 16, 2012, the accused person made an attempt to have sexual intercourse with the daughter but she refused.
He said the next day, while preparing for work, the carpenter again asked his daughter for sex and she refused and said she was going to work.
Mortsi then held the girl’s handbag and refused to give it to her in spite of pleas by the victim for her father to hand her bag to her.
After all attempts to get her bag back failed, the victim reported the incident to the police leading to the man’s arrest.
A medical report form was issued to the daughter to attend hospital after which the accused person was arrested and charged.
By Fidelia Achama