General News of Sunday, 25 January 2015
Source: Daily Guide
The defense counsel for Dr. Sulley Ali Gabass, the senior medical officer at the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital in Sekondi, who has been accused of sodomizing a 16-year-old Senior High School (SHS) student, have ended the cross-examination of the victim in the case.
In another in camera hearing yesterday, the defense lawyers concluded the about a month-long cross-examination during which the victim was subjected to intense questioning.
The cross-examination of the victim at the centre of the controversy had stalled several times before yesterday.
At the last adjourned date, the cross-examination could not take place because the victim and the accused person failed to appear before the court.
In the case of Dr. Gabass, it was alleged that his lawyers had submitted a medical form to the effect that he (Dr. Gabass) was not feeling well and as such had been sent to the hospital for medical attention.
With the end of the cross-examination of the victim, it is expected that the accused persons would open his defense at the next date.
The court has been hearing, among others, how the victim and the suspect became friends on facebook, a social media platform.
Dr. Ali Gabass has been charged with two counts of defiling a child under the age of 16 and having unnatural carnal knowledge, an offence he has denied.
He reportedly had unnatural carnal knowledge of the victim in the months of October 2013 and April 2014 at Kasoa and Alajo respectively.
According to the police, in October 2013, Dr. Gabass arranged and met the victim at Kasoa New Market Area where he forcibly had anal sex with the victim in his car 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.
The trial judge, Mrs. Rita Agyemang Budu adjourned the case to February 4, 2015