Farmer jailed 3 years for defiling 8-year-old girl

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

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