Businessman jailed 25 years in absentia for defilement

By Joyce Danso/ Grace Princess Tarwo, GNA

Accra, Sept. 18, GNA – Muntalla Mohammed
Binlard, a Businessman who defiled a seven year old girl at Nima has been
sentenced to 25 years in absentia by an Accra Circuit Court.

This was after the court had found Binlard
aged 31, guilty on the charge of defilement, taking into consideration the
extent of damaged caused the seven year old minor after the act.

The victim is still receiving monthly
treatment at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.

Binlard, who was standing trial jumped bail
together with his sureties. Although the Court had issued a bench warrant for
his arrest, he never showed up in court to open his defence.

The court presided over by Mrs Abena Oppong
Adjin-Doku further ruled that a bench warrant issued earlier for Binlard’s
arrest was still in force.

According to the court Binlard’s sentence
starts anytime he would be arrested by the Police.

The court noted that, as part of the bail
conditions, Binlard was ordered by the court to make a security deposit of GH¢5,000.00.

It therefore ordered the release of the said
GH¢5,000.00 to the complainant as compensation.

The court however discharged Binlard on the
charge of incest, noting that, the charge of incest and defilement were two
substantive charges and since prosecution has been able to prove the charge of
defilement, it found it prudent to sentence the convict on defilement in line
with the law.

The court noted that although Binlard was not
in court to open his defence, it relied on his statements submitted to the
Police.

According to the court there was overwhelming
evidence against Binlard.

The victim’s mother, who sat in court while
judgement was read, could not hold back her tears.

When the trial judge asked her how the victim
was faring, the victim’s mother said: “she is doing well but now we visit the
37 Military Hospital every one month”.

It took some senior police officers to console
the victim’s mother in court.

The case of prosecution was that the
complainant is the mother of the victim and the two reside at Maamobi in Accra.
Binlard also reside at Nima.

Prosecution said on July 20, 2016, at about
1000 hours, Binlard, who is a step brother to victim met her (Victim) and the
complainant at a nearby house where the complainant had paid a visit to a
friend.

Binlard being a brother asked the complainant
to allow him to send the victim home and bring her back to the complainant
later during the day.

This prosecution said the complainant obliged.
At about 1630 hours, the victim arrived home telling the mother that Binlard
gave her to two men on a motorbike to bring her home. Thereafter the victim
told the complainant that she would like to urinate.

Prosecution said the complainant in the course
of removing the victim’s pant she saw blood coming out of the victim’s vagina
and “also something like human flesh coming out of the victim’s vagina” and the
complainant shouted for help.

According to prosecution, some sympathizers
who came to the scene assisted her to lodge a complaint at the Police Station,
where a medical form was issued to the complainant to seek medical care for the
victim.

Prosecution said the victim then informed her
mother that Binlard bought her cooked rice and after eating, she slept and woke
up only to see Binlard inserting his finger into her vagina.

Based on that, prosecution said Binlard was
arrested. 

GNA

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