Lucas Agboyie 22-year-old mason who allegedly strangled a seven-year old girl to death after having sex with her, will be tried summarily for defilement, a representative from the Attorney General (AG) office has said.
At the District Court on Tuesday, Mrs. Francisca Tete-Mensah, a Principal State Attorney, who has taken over the prosecution, said the delay in prosecuting the case was due to the fact that “although the docket was forwarded to the AG’s Office, it could not be traced hence the request for a copy from the Police.
Agboyie, charged with murder, has had his plea changed when he appeared in court in April, last year.
When the court presided by Mr. Kweku Ansah quizzed the Attorney General as how the docket was traced, the Principal State Attorney said they requested for copies.
The judge also asked the AG as to why similar actions had not been taken in respect of other dockets before the court for over three years.
According to the judge he was going to discharge accused persons whose cases had not been attended to, adding
“I will discharge them so that when you get enough evidence you arrest them and bring them to court”, Mr. Ansah said.
“We have all blamed things on a certain man known as the system. We all have some difficulties. You have to find a way to resolve them.”
Mrs. Tete-Mensah pleaded with the court not to discharge the accused as they may pose danger to the society.
Although a duplicate docket has been forwarded to the Office of the Attorney General, the court is yet to receive the advice on the case.
When the case was called, Agboyie recounted that he had regretted his deed, in the presence of the victim’s mother who attended the proceedings.
The incident took place at Kubekro No. one, near Atadeka in the Ashaiman Municipality.
Ruth Ankomah was a class one pupil of Meshach Academy School at Zenu, in Ashaiman.
The accused lived 200 meters away from the deceased’s house. On April 19, last year, at about 8:00am, the deceased’s mother gave the girl GH¢20 to go and purchase bread at a nearby shop.
An informant told the mother that he saw the accused pulling the victim into his metal container. The search team marched to the container but the accused was nowhere to be found.
However, they found the naked body of the girl lying in a supine position on an old student mattress with blood oozing from her nostrils and mouth.
The search team nabbed Agboyie and he confessed to killing the girl after having sex with her.
The Prosecution said the accused, during the interrogation, said he wanted to have sex with the victim, but she screamed, and he strangled her and had sex with her.
The police saw bruises on the neck of the deceased, with her vagina swollen, and her pant, sandals and dress were lying beside her.