Court Remands Customs Officer … for defiling, sodomising children

court The Accra Gender-based Violence Court yesterday remanded a Customs Officer for allegedly defiling and sodomising his four children.

Michael Kojo Brentuo Acquah, 42, who pleaded not guilty to the charges of incest and defilement will appear again on July 15, 2014.

Acquah, the clerk to the Director-General of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) is said to have had carnal knowledge of his children, aged between 10 months and 20 years at his residence at Banana Inn, a suburb of Accra.

Prosecuting, Chief Superintendent Veronica Ofei, who held brief for Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Atibilla, told the court presided over by Sedina Agebmava that the accused has been abusing the children since 2010.

He said Acquah forcibly had sex with his 20-year old daughter, defiled his 11-year old girl, sodomised his seven year old son and indecently forced the month old baby girl to suck his manhood.

ACP Atibilla said the complainant (Aquah’s wife) noticed some changes in the victims but when she quizzed her elderly daughter, Adwoa Acquah, she revealed that her father had been having sex with her.

The complainant further examined the other victims and detected some sores around their vaginas and anus respectively.

Thereafter, a report was made to the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit of the Ghana Police Service, which led to his arrest.

Prosecution said during the course of the trial, relatives of the accused threatened the complainant and warned her not testify against her husband in court.

This compelled the complainant to withdraw the matter for want of prosecution.

However, on May 18, 2014, the accused was again caught inserting his penis into the mouth of the month old baby and this raised her suspicion so she took time to probe the other children who confirmed that their father has started having sex with them again.

Then on May 19, 2014, the seven year old boy pulled a knife and threatened to stab the accused, and when his mother inquired, the son told her his father inserted his penis in his anus.

ACP Atibilla said the complainant this time reported the case to the Executive Director of Enslavement Prevention Alliance-West Africa, who led her to lodge the complaint with the police.

The victims were issued forms for medical attention. The doctor’s report indicated they had been defiled by the accused. By Malik Sullemana

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