Galamsey operator remanded for defiling teenager

A small scale miner, Isaac Mensah, 22, has been remanded into prison custody for allegedly defiling a fourteen-year-old girl at Damang in the Prestea Huni/Valley District.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge of defilement when he appeared before the Tarkwa Circuit Court, presided over by Mr Emmanuel Bart-Plange Brew.

Mensah, who is to re-appear again on August 24, is said to have sexually assaulted the victim in an old abandoned structure whiles she was on her way to fetch water.

Detective Chief Inspector Oscar Amponsah, told the Court that, the victim, lived with her parents at 4 Miles, a village near Damang.

On July 30 at 0830 hrs, the victim left the house to fetch water from the only pipe in the community.

While fetching the water, Mensah, who also resides in the neighborhood, saw that the victim was alone and lured her to the outskirts of the village and sexually assaulted her in an old abandoned structure located in the bush.

Detective Amponsah told the Court that, while the victim was leaving the abandoned structure after the act, she met her mother.

Upon questioning, the victim disclosed her ordeal to the mother and with the help of her husband and a Unit Committee Member, Mensah was arrested on August 8 and handed over to the police.

The Prosecutor said a medical form was issued to the victim to seek medical attention.

Source: GNA

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