Siblings jailed three years for incest

By Isaac Asirifi/Clement Eshun, GNA

Cape Coast, Oct. 24, GNA – Two siblings who
engaged in bouts of sexual escapades for years, producing two children out of
the relationship, were on Tuesday sentenced to 
three years imprisonment by a Circuit Court in Cape Coast.

The Court also ordered that the children be
sent to the Social Walfare Department.

The convicts, John Arthur, alias Ekow Ayiku,
23 come directly after Mary Arthur, alias Maame Adwoa, 25, his big sister.

They appeared sober and remorseful in court
after pleading guilty to the charge and implored the Court to tamper justice
with mercy.

Mary broke down in tears and fainted when the
judge started reading his sentence and it took family members around about five
minutes to revive her for the Judge to continue.

Giving judgement, the Judge, Mr. Kofi
Ametewee, said he took into consideration the fact that Mary had a one year old
child.

Narrating the facts of the case, Prosecuting
Detective Inspector John Asare Bediako told the Court that, the two siblings reside
at Bronyibima, a suburb of Elmina in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA)
Municipality of the Central Region.

He said they have been living together for
years and had two children, a five year old boy and one-year-old girl and all
efforts by family members to have Mary who is a trader disclose the father of
the children proved futile.

In July, 2018, the two, lost their
grandmother, which afforded an opportunity for the chief and elders of the
community to deliberate on the issue and the two confessed having amorous
relationship, which resulted in the birth of the two children.

As part of rituals to pacify the gods to avert
any curse on the community and the shame brought on the family, the two
siblings were on Tuesday, October, 16, 2018, paraded through the Bronyibima
town.

Some family members reported the matter to the
police who followed up and arrested them at the scene and handed them over to
the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) in Cape Coast.

During interrogations, they confessed to the
crime of incest and were charged in accordance with the law.

GNA

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