A Cape Coast Circuit Court has sentenced a 42-year-old driver to 18 years imprisonment for defiling a nine-year-old-girl.
The convict, Joseph Annan, pleaded guilty to the charge of defilement, and pleaded to the court for leniency.
However, the court presided over by Mrs Dorinda Smith Arthur, convicted Annan on his own plea.
Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Samuel Reynolds Amoako, told the court that Mr Joseph Andrews, father of the victim, lives in the same vicinity with the convict, at Brofoyedur, a suburb of Cape coast.
The court heard that in August, last year, while the victim was playing in the neighbourhood, the convict lured her into his room under the guise of sending her and had sexual intercourse with.
The prosecution said the convict threatened to kill the victim if she let out a word about the incident. He said, however, a neighbour who saw the victim sneaking out of Annan’s room questioned her of which she narrated her ordeal to the neighbour.
Mr Amoako said the neighbour informed Andrews who is the complainant who in turn reported the matter to the Police in Cape Coast where Annan was arrested. -GNA