There was confusion at an Accra Circuit Court on Friday when the father of a 14 year old girl who was kidnapped from her grandmother’s house at Sakumono for three weeks told the court that he never reported to the Police that his daughter had been defiled by the accused.
The behaviour of the victim’s father, who is the complainant in the matter, drew sharp criticism from the people in court who shouted at him.
The accused, Anthony Koffie, a security man, has been charged with abduction of a child under 18 years and defilement. The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Mr Chris Azumah, Counsel for the accused, then asked the Police to strike out the defilement charge against his client since the complainant never made such a report to them and prayed the court to admit the accused to bail since the offence was a bailable one.
The Court as a result of the situation admitted the accused to bail in the sum of GH10,000 cedis with one surety to re-appear on February 7, 2012.
The Prosecutor, Chief Inspector A.A. Ahor presenting the facts of the case, said the victim aged 14 lives at Sakumono with grandmother whilst the accused, Anthony Koffie is a security man who resides at Nungua.
He said the accused established a local football team and recruited young ladies and train them how to play football.
He said in the latter part of December, 2011, the victim asked for permission from the grandmother at Sakumono to spend sometime time at Nungua.
Chief Inspector Ahor said the following morning, the accused bumped into the victim and introduce himself as a team manager who trains young ladies who have football ambition.
He said Koffie convinced and lured the victim into his house and “camped” her for three weeks with the pretence of training her to become a footballer.
He said the victim’s father who was all along searching for her, had information that the victim was putting up with the accused at Nungua.
Chief Inspector Ahor said the victim’s father alerted the Sakumono Police who arrested the accused and rescued the victim, and handed over the accused to the Nungua Police DOVVSU for investigation.
He said a search conducted in the accused room revealed military accoutrement including a locally manufactured pistol. That aspect of the case is being investigated by the Kpeshie Divisional CID.
He said a medical form was issued to the victim and she was examined and full report was submitted on her. After investigation, accused was charged with the offence. GNA