Sodomy Case Adjourned To January 6

An Accra Circuit Court hearing the case of the 15-year-old boy allegedly sodomised by 48-year-old Dr.Sulley Ali Gabass, the medical practitioner, yesterday adjourned to January,6, 2015 to allow the victim to fully recuperate from his illness.

This was after the court acknowledged receipt of a medical report from Dr. Mensah Amoah of the Department of Medicine of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, where the victim was treated.

The court, presided over by Mrs. Rita Agyemang-Budu, consequently adjourned the case and remanded Dr Gabass in Prison custody.

The lead counsel for the accused, John Benson, had prayed the court to grant him (Dr.Gabass) bail, since the victim was indisposed, arguing that neither the court nor the prosecution could predict when the victim would fully recover, for hearing to continue.

He stated that the accused had still not been proven guilty and remained innocent until proven guilty.

Counsel said when granted bail, the accused would not do anything to interrupt the trial, since he had a permanent place of abode, a family and could provide surety for subsequent appearance in court.

John Benson prayed the court that under those genuine reasons, the court should grant the accused bail.

But the prosecution led by Deputy Superintended (DSP), Idan Derry, opposed this, arguing that the charges preferred against the accused, defilement and unnatural canal knowledge were non-bailable and therefore urged the court to refuse the bail application.

The court, after listening to both sides refused the bail application, saying the charges against the accused were non-bailable under the laws of the country.

Mrs. Agyeman-Budu then directed that Dr.Gabass be sent to Nsawam Prison where he is currently under custody to appear again on January 6, 2015.

The victim, who has been under cross-examination in-camera by the defence counsel since last Wednesday, was not in court on Friday. He was reported to have fallen ill and rushed to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital for treatment.

Consequently, the court adjourned to yesterday, (December1) for cross-examination to continue, but victim could again not make it due to his condition.

Dr. Gabass, had earlier pleaded not guilty to two counts of defilement and having unnatural canal knowledge of the boy.

The facts of the case as presented by the Deputy Superintendent (DSP) Idan Derry were that the accused, between the months of October 2013 and April 2014, sodomised the boy five times at Kasoa and Alajo in the Central and Greater Accra Regions respectively.

He said the victim is a student and lived at Kasoa in the Central Region while the accused, Dr. Sulley Ali Gabass, is a medical practitioner at Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital, Takoradi.

Dr. Gabass, according to the prosecutor, in September 2013, encountered the victim on facebook and they became friends and began chatting online and communicating on phone.

DSP Derry said in October 2013, Dr. Gabass arranged and met victim at the Kasoa New Market area, and forcibly had anal sex with him in his car, parked in front of a bank.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme   

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