Stepdad discharged over defilement

By
Joyce Danso, GNA

Accra, Sept. 13, GNA
– A mason, Isaac Tetteh, who was hauled to court for allegedly defiling his
11-year old step daughter, has been discharged by an Accra Circuit Court, on
Tuesday.

He was discharged
following submission of “further statements” obtained by the Police from the
complainant, indicating that Tetteh was innocent.

The complainant (the
mother) stated that victim had confessed to her that the allegation made
against the accused person was untrue and they had submitted their statements
to the Police.

Prosecuting,
Detective Inspector Kofi Atimbire said the statements had also been put on the
Court’s records.

When the matter was
called today, the 11-year old victim and her mother were also not in Court.

On September 9, this
year, the Court ordered the Prosecution to produce the 11-year old girl and her
mother who had jointly accused Tetteh of defilement.

The victim, who is
the step daughter of the accused, alleged that he (accused) had defiled her on
three occasions at Nungua.

He was, therefore,
put before the Court on September 5.

At that sitting, the
Court, presided over by Mrs Ruby Naa Akwerley Quaison, did not take the plea of
Tetteh following the prosecution’s submissions that they were conducting
further investigations into the matter.

The Court,
therefore, remanded Tetteh into lawful custody.

The complainant, who
resided at Ashaiman, had told the Court that Tetteh had in August defiled the
girl when she went to search for her mother, whom she thought was living at
Nungua with Tetteh.

But her mother had
packed out of the house at the time because of a misunderstanding with Tetteh.

The girl, who was
originally living with her biological father, had left home and was living with
a Good Samaritan after she had been sent to the Police Station for loitering.

GNA

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