2 jailed for 2 years each for criminal abortion

First accused – Courage Dogbey

First accused – Courage Dogbey

A 24-YEAR-OLD driver in Ho, Courage Dogbey, who engaged the service of his unemployed friend to inject his pregnant teenage girlfriend and administer a cocktail of other drugs to her to terminate a pregnancy was sentenced to two years imprisonment on Wednesday by the Ho Circuit Court.

He pleaded guilty to aiding and abetment of criminal abortion.

Dogbey’s accomplice, Dieu-Donne Mondale, 47, was also jailed similarly for criminal abortion.

Mondale, who was the second accused pleaded not guilty with explanation,but the court said that his explanation was consistent with his plea.

Sergeant Clever Ayayee of the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) told the court, presided over by Madam Priscilla Dikro, that the 17-year-old girl was eight months pregnant at the time.

The court heard that on May 6, this year, the girl told her mother that she was pregnant and mentioned Dogbey as the person responsible for the pregnancy.

Her mother in turn informed Dogbey about the pregnancy, he contacted the second accused for help to get rid of the pregnancy.

The court heard that Mondale demanded GH¢400 from Dogbey to buy the necessary medications to terminate the pregnancy, after which Dogbey made an initial deposit of GH¢50 to him.

The prosecution revealed that on May 9, Dogbey took the girl to the house of Mondale who injected her and also gave the other drugs to her, before collecting an additional GH¢300 from the first accused.

The prosecution said that as a result of the injection and the drugs she took, the foetus dropped into a latrine pit while she was attending nature’s call the next morning.

That caused her to bleed profusely.

She was rushed to the Volta Regional Hospital, Ho where doctors and nurses worked round the clock to save her life, said the prosecution.

After she narrated what her boyfriend and his friend did to her, a report was made to DOVVSU, whereupon the two men were arrested.

The prosecution said that Dogbey and Mondale admitted the offence in their caution statements to the police.




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