Bright James, a painter, has been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment by an Accra circuit court, for defiling a six-year-old girl, at Nungua, in the Greater Accra Region.
James, 29, was found guilty by the court presided by Mrs Abena Oppong Adjin Doku.
When the court asked James what he had to say before sentence was handed down, he told the court that: “I have nothing to say. I am not ready for the judgment. I am not in a good mood to say anything. My son is sick and I am disturbed.”
However, Mr George Donkor, a lawyer, who acted as a friend of the court, pleaded with the court to tamper justice with mercy, and give James minimum sentence.
Mr Donkor also apologised to the court for James’ pronouncements, saying he was a first offender and he should be dealt with leniently.
Counsel urged the court to consider the number of days he had spent in custody when the trial was going on.
Mr Donkor noted that the country’s prisons were already choked, and giving the accused a higher sentence would compound the problems at the prison.
Prosecuting, Detective Inspector Kofi Atimbire said the victim’s mother was the complainant, while James was a relative of the complainant’s husband. They resided in the same house at Nungua.
Insp Atimbire said on August 14, last year, the complainant observed that the girl made a sound as if she was having sex, any time she was lying on the bed.
The prosecution said the complainant asked the victim why she behaved that way and she told her mother that James had had sex with her and demonstrated how the accused had sex with her.
The complainant reported the case to the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit at Nungua, and a medical form was issued to her to send the victim to a medical facility for examination. – GNA