General News of Monday, 4 December 2017
A former Attorney General, Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, will be serving as legal counsel for the 19-year-old house help suspected to have been raped by her Lebanese boss.
The victim said the suspect beat her after his apparent displeasure with the coffee she had prepared for him and subsequently raped her.
Mrs. Appiah-Oppong said she was keenly following the case, amid indications there may have been some negligence on the part of some Airport police personnel.
The former Attorney General, however expressed some satisfaction with the course of the investigations so far, and said she will ensure justice is served.
The fact that the police jumped onto the case early bodes well for the investigation, she added.
“The police started their investigation last night and it is continuing so we will know what the results of the investigation are soon. So far they have done a good job, and I believe they are going to continue with that. I am definitely going to follow up on this to make sure that justice is served.”
“We are fortunate to have caught this one early so that the investigation can be done properly. Very often, by the time we become aware of a situation like this, time has elapsed, evidence is lost and it becomes very difficult to follow up on it. That is why we are very keen to follow up on this one to make sure that the proper investigation and proper prosecution is also done,” Mrs. Appiah-Oppong said.
Police probing possible ‘cover-up’
Meanwhile, some police personnel from the Airport Police command are facing questioning over what appears to be negligence in the alleged rape.
When the case was reported to the Airport Police, the officer on duty is reported to have accompanied the victim to the Airport Hills residence of the suspect, supervised the packing of her belongings, and only ensured her GHc 350 November salary was paid her without any arrest being effected.
The Airport Police Divisional Commander, Isaac Kwadwo Asante, however, refuted claims that a police officer from his outfit accompanied the victim to the residence of the suspect.
“We had the information on the platform, and we made an immediate follow-up. As I speak, I have invited the personnel at Airport [Police Station] and I am interrogating them.”
“From what we heard from the victim and their entries made at the Airport police station, the initial complaint was assault. The rape issue came here when it was referred to DOVVSU [Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit ] yesterday [Sunday] in the afternoon. So we made the follow-up and he has been arrested,” he narrated to Citi News.