DOVVSU Rejects Victim’s Evidence

Nicholas K. Mensah Woode
The Case involving a 22- year-old student, who was allegedly raped by a 34-yearold self-styled medical doctor, on Thursday, took a different twist when the victim and her mother were humiliated by some officials of the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) in Tema.

The victim and her mother reportedly visited the Tema Regional DOVVSU of the Ghana Police Service to tender in evidence with regard to the alleged rape case which is pending trial at the Tema Magistrate Court.

A police source told DAILY GUIDE that after the incident the victim attempted to tender her torn clothes as evidence but the DOVVSU Coordinator, Superintendent Rebecca Nyamah, told her it was not needed.

According to a source, the coordinator’s reason for asking the victim to go home with the clothes was that the self-acclaimed doctor, Nicholas K. Mensah Woode, had admitted to the crime of raping her so there was no need for any thorough investigation.

The court, during its last hearing, adjourned the case for ongoing police investigations to be completed.

According to the prosecutor they were yet to receive the torn clothes of the victim to conclude investigations for the trial to commence.

Inspector Nana Okyere, the prosecutor, asked the victim to ensure she produced the evidence to the Tema DOVVSU office as soon as she could. However, the victim alleged that several attempts to reach the investigator handling the case proved futile, and other DOVVSU officers refused to accept the evidence, claiming that they were not handling the case.

Last Thursday at about 8am, the victim and her mother called at the office of the Coordinator and attempted to give the evidence to Superintendent Nyamah, since the prosecutor was still not around, but she refused to collect the evidence. The incident led to the police hurling insults at the victim and her mother, who are considering petitioning the Inspector General of Police and withdrawing the case as a result of police hostility.

Lance Corporal Emma Torglo, a co-investigator in the case, allegedly described the victim as stupid and a prostitute, stating that she will testify in court against the victim to ensure that she lost the case against the selfstyled medical doctor.

When DAILY GUIDE contacted the Coordinator, she refused to speak to the paper.

This is not the first time the Tema DOVVSU is involved in a rape case investigation.

Recently a Tema-based Pastor, Prince Mark, was arrested for sodomising a 14- year-old boy and infecting him with HIV/AIDS. When contacted Superintendent Nyamah insisted that she would not want the media to take photographs of the said pastor.

Her actions surprised most media personnel that day, because on numerous occasions the Coordinator had paraded suspected criminals before the media.

It was therefore shocking that she strongly opposed to the photographing of the pastor.

As if that was not enough, a detective, Corporal Padmore Ahinkra, on numerous occasions, when he presented the said pastor to the Tema Circuit Court, prevented the media from taking pictures of the pastor.

The actions of the Tema Regional DOVVSU is said to have saddened the parents and relatives of victims of defilement, rape, sodomy and other cases.

Relations of such victims, who spoke with this paper on condition of anonymity, expressed dissatisfaction at the manner in which officials of that unit handle cases involving their relations.

They explained that there were occasions when detectives from that unit gave wrong court dates to them. The paper can confirm that, recently, a judge of the Tema Circuit Court A, Lydia Osei Marfo, had to acquit and discharge two accused persons who were put before the court for defiling some children within the Tema Metropolis and its environs.

According to investigations conducted by DAILY GUIDE the above court decision was made possible by certain DOVVSU officials who were alleged to have always acted as mediators in those cases.

They were said to have advised both parties to settle those cases outside the court.

FROM Vincent Kubi, Tema

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