‘Galamsey’ operator defiles 2 teenagers in bush

A 20-year-old illegal miner has been remanded into custody for allegedly defiling two girls, aged 12 and 13 respectively.

The accused, Thomas Abrefa pleaded not guilty to the offence, and would re-appear before the court on May 2.

Prosecuting Detective Chief Inspector Oscar Amponsah told a Tarkwa Circuit Court, presided over by Mr. Justice Emmanuel Bart-Plange Brew, that the complainants were parents of the victims.

He said the accused, Abrefa is a miner who lives in the same vicinity with the victims at Bompieso in the Prestea Huni-Valley District of the Western Region.

Chief Insp. Amponsah said on February 24, around 4 p.m., the victims together with their 10-year old friend, went to the bush to fetch fire wood and after gathering sufficient wood, they decided to pluck oranges at a farm.

Chief Insp. Amponsah said Abrefa, who came around, engaged them in a conversation, promising that he would give them GH¢60 and also send them to the Blues Lodge, a popular hotel in Tarkwa, if they (the two) allowed him to have sex with them.

According to the prosecutor, the victims agreed and Abrefa gave GH¢20 to the 10 year-old friend and asked her to keep watch and alert him if somebody was approaching.

Chief Inspector Amponsah said after sexually assaulting the two girls, however Abrefa collected the GH¢20 from the 10 year-old girl and threatened them that the Antoa Nyama deity would kill them if they revealed the act to anyone.

The 10 year-old girl however informed the victims’ parents about the matter when they got home and a report made to the chief of Bompieso.

When the accused was summoned, he admitted the offence, and was later handed over to the Huni-Valley Police. GNA


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