Dr. Sulley Ali Gabass
The defence counsel for Dr. Sulley Ali Gabass, the senior medical officer at the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital in Sekondi, resumed further cross-examination of the victim in the case yesterday.
At about 9:15 am, the matter was for the fourth time heard in camera because of the need to protect the identity of the victim.
Visibly composed Dr. Gabass, his counsel, the prosecution and the victim walked into the chambers of the judge in the trial; and the proceeding lasted about an hour-and-a-half.
On what transpired in the judge’s chambers, parties in the case were unwilling to divulge any information.
The court, presided over by Mrs. Rita Agyemang Budu, had been hearing among other things, how the victim and the suspect became friends on facebook – a social media platform – through to the time the victim was allegedly sodomised by the accused.
Further cross-examination of the 16-year-old senior high school student by lawyers of the former doctor of the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital was stalled on December 1, 2014 when the prosecution announced that the victim was receiving medical attention at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
The prosecutor, DSP Aidan Dery, had submitted a medical form of the victim from the hospital signed by one Dr. Mensa Amoah, requesting the victim to be excused for a week.
Dr. Ali Gabass has been in custody over a two-count charge of defiling a child under 16 years and unnatural carnal knowledge – acts he had denied.
He is alleged to have in the months of October 2013 and April 2014 at Kasoa and Alajo respectively, had unnatural carnal knowledge of the victim.
According to the police, during the month of October 2013, Dr. Gabass arranged and met the victim at Kasoa New Market area where he forcibly had anal sex with him (victim) in his (doctor’s) vehicle in front of the Kasoa HFC Bank.
During police interrogation, Dr. Gabass admitted knowing the victim as a friend but denied having anal sex with him.
Sitting continues today.
BY Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson
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