MatThew Oyih, the Volta Regional Director of Fisheries and Aqua Culture Development, standing trial before the Ho Court Circuit Court for allegedly defiling a 14-year-old Junior High School (JHS) student, wore a gloomy and dejected face, as he came out of the Judge’s chamber under police escort, yesterday.
This was after after he was denied bail again.
The court, presided over by Mrs Roberta Otriso, turned down a bail application by defence counsel, Mr. Ernest Gaewu, saying that the case was of a serious nature.
The earlier hearings were presided over by Mr. Emmanuel Essampong, who was on relieving duties from Sogakope.
The court has heard that sometime last year, the accused, 51, resident of Ho, met the girl in town and proposed love to her.
Assistant Superintendent I. A. A. Ahor, of DOVVSU, Volta Region, who presented the facts, said that since then Oyih had been inviting the girl to his bungalow, “for sex, after which he gave her money”.
Oyih, a married man, and father of two, is also said to have given some tablets to the girl to swallow, when she missed her menses about three months ago.
Oyih, has pleaded not guilty to the charge.
For the fourth time, the victim and the complainant were absent from court.
The prosecution gave no reason for their continued absence in court.
The victim gave evidence in camera on March 30.
Oyih will appear before the court again on April 30.
From Alberto Mario Noretti, Ho