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Carpenter gets 25 years for defilement of 7-year-old girl

Francis Cud­joe, a 19-year-old carpenter, has been sentenced to 50 years imprison­ment by the Tark­wa Circuit Court for defiling a seven-year-old girl.

He pleaded guilty with an explanation, but the court over­ruled it.

Cudjoe was charged with de­filement on count one and two, and was sentenced to 25 years each, which run concurrently.

Before judgement was passed, Cudjoe went on his knees and said: “My Lady, l have wronged; l beg everyone in court, especially the mother of the victim to forgive me.”

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Police Superintendent Juliana Essel-Dadzie, told the court, which was presided over by Mrs Hathia Ama Manu, that the complainant is a mother of the victim, the seven-year-old Primary two girl, and that they both live at Bankyim, a suburb of Tarkwa.

The prosecution said the complainant operates a chop bar, and Cudjoe, who is a close friend, usually runs errands for her.

Supt Essel-Dadzie said Cudjoe took advantage of the relationship between him and the complainant, and have been sneaking into the victim’s room and having sexual intercourse with her, since 2023.

Prosecution said last month, Cudjoe had sex with the victim again, while the complainant had left home for church activities.

Supt Essel-Dadzieagain stated that Cudjoe was then reported to the police for defiling the school girl.

The court heard that teachers of the school,asked the seven-year-old girl, if she was a victim of Cudjoe.

Supt Essel-Dadzie further said the seven-year-old girl told the teachers that Cudjoe had sex with her.

The court heard that when the victim narrated her ordeal to the teachers, they reported the case to the complainant.

Supt Essel-Dadzie said the complainant reported the matter to the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU), Tarkwa, and Cudjoe was arrested and detained to assist with inves­tigations.

The prosecution said the po­lice issued a medical form to the complainant to take the victim to hospital for examination.

Supt Essel-Dadzie noted that the police then received a form endorsed by a medical doctor at the Tarkwa Municipal Hospital. —GNA

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