The devil tempted me to finger her – convict

By
Gifty Amofa, GNA

Accra, Aug. 14, GNA
– A 28-year-old carpenter, who was sentenced by an Accra Circuit Court for
indecent assault, said it was the devil that tempted him to finger the girl,
aged eight.

“I did not even know
what my fingers were doing under the private part of the girl,” Tettey Sewu
confessed to the police when he was arrested.

The Court presided
over by Mrs Rita Abrokwa Doko in passing sentence said, by your own words you
have been convicted. What do you have to say?

It was then that
Tettey refuted the charge, saying he had never committed the offence but the
Court had listened to the victim against him.

So the judge asked
him whether it was the victim who wrote his caution statement and asked him why
he did not say all those in the witness box.

He told the Court
that he was dizzy because the victim’s father had slapped him upon his arrest
and he did not know what he told the police.

Later, he pleaded
for leniency and was sentenced to a year’s imprisonment because the Court said
the offence was a misdemeanor.

In addition, he is
to pay a compensation of GH¢500.00 to the victim to mitigate her medical
expenses.

Sergeant Opoku
Aniagyei, who held brief for Deputy Superintendent of Police Agnes Boafo, said
the complainant is a mason and a resident of Abokobi in Accra, where Tettey
also resided.

He said the girl,
eight years, is a Kindergarten Two (KG Two) pupil.

In April 2018, the
complainant, who has separated from his wife and has custody of their children
(male and female) left for a funeral at Abokobi-Boi.

At about 1800 hours
on the same day, in the quest to look for their father, the children went to
Tettey to find out and while there, he intentionally asked the girl’s brother
to run an errand for him.

The Prosecution said
Tettey then took off the victim’s pants and inserted his fingers into her
vagina.

In the course, he
also removed his pants and laid on the little girl only to get up quickly on
seeing her brother approaching them.

Sergeant Aniagyei
said about three weeks later, the children mother visited them and when she was
bathing the girl, she saw sores in her female organ.

She questioned the
victim who narrated her ordeal to the mother and later to her father.

He said on June 28,
same year, a formal complaint was lodged with the Adenta Domestic Violence and
Victim’s Support Unit of the Ghana Police Service, where a medical form was
issued for the victim to be examined and treated at the hospital.

The accused was
arraigned after the report was submitted.

GNA

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