Two granted bail over alleged rape

By Gifty
Amofa, GNA

Accra, Oct. 25, GNA – An Accra District Court
on Wednesday granted Samuel Addae, 23, and Isaac Sowah Annang, 20, bail with a
surety each to be justified for allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl.

The pleas of Addae, and Annang, have not been
taken, meanwhile, Inspector Simon Tekpor told the Court that the docket would
be forwarded to the Attorney General’s Department for advice.

The two accused persons are to go back to the
Court on November 27, awaiting the advice.

Addae and Annang are to report to the police
every fortnight, the Court added.

Counsels; Mr George Amoako and Mr Liberty King
for Addae and Annang respectively, prayed that the offence was bailable and
that their clients were still innocent until proven guilty or they themselves
pleaded guilty, therefore, they should be granted bail.

They told the Court that they were also young
offenders and should be granted bail as they had been in custody for some time
and the AG’s advice they were not sure when it would come out.

The lawyers said the accused would not
interfere with the police’s investigations and would be available to stand
trial when released on bail.

Again, they had fixed places of abode, lived
with their families and had people of substance to stand as sureties.

Mr Ebenezer Kweku Ansah granted the bail on
the grounds that they would not interfere with police investigations, adding
that he did not want the situation where though they were young and had not
been proven guilty, their bail could be a bad precedent to other young people
if they were guilty of the rape.

Police Inspector Tekpor briefing the Court
said, the complainant in the case is the cousin to the victim and they lived in
Accra.

Addae, is a student and Annang, is a waiter;
they both lived at La, also in Accra.

He said the victim was a friend of Addae and
they from time to time spoke on phone.

On September 25, this year, at about 10:30
hours, the girl visited Addae and he offered her a chair in his room.

The Prosecution said, while chatting, Addae
asked for a hug but the girl declined.

He then held the girl tight, closed his door
and forcibly had sex with her.

Annang bumped into them in the process and
took a video of the act, he threatened that if he did not have his turn, he
would share it on social media, thus, he also forcibly had sex with her while
Addae also took a clip of it.

She pleaded for the videos to be deleted but
they refused.

Later, they went their separate ways and on
October 4, this year, at about 0730hours, the girl went to Addae to have the
video deleted but instead, he forcibly had sex with her and it happened on the
third occasion.

Inspector Tekpor said the girl could not tell
anyone due to fear but later, she informed her cousin and a report was made to
the police leading to their arrest.

A police medical form was issued for the
victim to receive treatment and it was duly endorsed.

The Prosecutor said after investigations, they
were processed and put before court.

Further investigations are ongoing.

GNA

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