Suspected paedophile granted bail

Mathew OyihThe Volta Regional Director of Fisheries and Aqua Culture Development, Matthew Oyih, who was arrested last Monday for allegedly defiling a 14-year-old girl, has been granted a police enquiry bail, in the sum of GH¢20,000.

A police source told The Ghanaian Times that, soon after the bail bond was executed with “substantial sureties”, the police paid a crime scene visit to the official residence of the suspected paedophile, at 84 Ring Road, Ho.

During the visit, the JHS pupil led investigators to his bedroom and pointed at the bed on which she said Oyih had sex with her, several times.

She also conducted them round other rooms since she was familiar with them.

Victim told the police that Oyih slept with her more than 10 times, last year, which the suspect could not challenge.

A wrist watch, which the girl said that she left behind after the suspect had sex with her recently, was retrieved during a search in the room by the investigators.

She also told the police of how suspect persistently warned her never to disclose the sex acts to any member of her family.

The police on Wednesday, quizzed another teenage girl believed to have been similarly abused by Oyih.

The girl told the police that the suspected paedophile often gave her money, and on one occasion, gave her some medication to give to the other girl (Oyih’s victim) when she missed her period, but she passed it on to victim’s aunt.

On another occasion, she said she accompanied the other girl to Oyih’s house, and after the visit, he gave the girl GH¢30 from which the girl in turn gave her GH¢10.

Mr. A. A. Ahor, Assistant Superintendent of Police, and in-charge of   DOVVSU, Volta Region, told The Ghanaian Times  yesterday that investigation into the matter were not yet over.

“We will arraign the suspect before court as soon as we complete the investigation,” he empha-sised.

Mr. Ahor said that Oyih is to report to the police every other day to assist with the investigations.

At about 10 a.m., when the suspect was asked to write a statement at the DOVVSU, after the crime scene visit, he told investigators: “Right now I am perplexed and confused so I need to go out to refresh my mind before writing the statement”.

A visit to his office later yesterday by The Ghanaian Times revealed that Oyih had not returned to duty.

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