Moses Ayipa, 21, a car washer at Western Transport Service in Tarkwa, was on Tuesday sentenced to seven years imprisonment in hard labour for attempting to defile a three- year-old girl by the Tarkwa Circuit Court.
He pleaded not guilty.
Police Chief Inspector Oscar Amponsah told the court, presided over by Mr Justice Obeng Asante that the complainant and father of the victim, (name withheld), lived at Akyempim, while the convict was a resident of Aboso.
He said at about 7.30 a.m. on March 24, Ayipa was going to work when he saw the victim, a pupil of a school at Akyempim, standing behind the school building alone.
Chief Inspector Amponsah said the convict carried the victim on his shoulder into an uncompleted building in the neighbourhood, but a witness suspected foul-play when he saw that Ayipa had removed the victim’s underwear, and had also pulled down his pair of trousers, and was kneeling in- front of her.
He said, the witness raised an alarm which attracted neighbours to the scene and arrested the convict.
Chief Inspector Amponsah said the complainant, who was called to the scene reported the case to the police who arrested him.
He said, a police medical report form was issued to the complainant to take the victim to hospital for examination.
Chief Inspector Amponsah said the medical doctor who examined the victim, said her vulva was healthy, and her hymen intact without laceration.—GNA