The Bolgatanga Circuit Court has sentenced a farmer to three years imprisonment for defiling an eight-year-old girl, at Kanga, a suburb of Zorko, in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region.
Yaw Apuriyuure Azorkosakiya, 19, convict, pleaded guilty and asked for mercy, but the court, presided over by Mr Sumaila Mbache Ahmadu, convicted him on his own plea, and sentenced him.
The prosecution, led by Inspector Baliki Amidu Issaka, said the complainant, Anita Lariba Adayikine, a cloth weaver, lived with the victim at Kanga, the same community where accused lived.
Insp Issaka said while the girl and her siblings were at the father’s fuel station, the accused sent the victim to buy him drinking water.
The court heard that after drinking the water, Azorkosakiya bought fuel which was kept in a container, and asked the victim to follow him to where he packed his tricycle, to collect the container.
On reaching where the tricycle was parked, the accused abandoned, took the victim into a nearby millet farm and had sexual intercourse, according to Insp Issaka.
The prosecution said convict threatened to kill the victim if she disclosed what happened to anyone.
The court heard that the complainant discovered that victim’s private part was swollen, and when she was quizzed, she said Azorkosakiya had sex with her.
Insp Issaka said when convict was confronted, he denied having sex with the girl, and he (Azorkosakiya) went into hiding.
The prosecution said complainant was issued with a medical form to take the victim to the hospital for examination.
Insp Issaka said when accused was arrested, he admitted the offence in his caution statement. — GNA