Mason charged for defilement

Stephen Yekpele, a 26-year-old mason was on Wednesday remanded by a circuit court in Accra for defiling a 10-year-old girl.

Yekpele allegedly sent the girl to fetch water for him and took advantage of the situation and had sexual intercourse with her.

The accused, who pleaded not guilty to the charge, would re-appear at court on February 14, 2012.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sarah Acquah told the court that the girl lives with the complainant, a trader, at Agape, a suburb of Accra, and the accused also lives in the same vicinity.

The prosecution said in December last year, Yekpele sent the victim and her sister to fetch him water.

ASP Acquah said when the two girls returned, the accused sent the victim’s sister to buy him sachet water, and had sex with the victim and warned her not to tell anyone about the incident else she will die.

The prosecution said the victim kept the incident to herself until she fell sick last month, and when she was sent was sent to a clinic a doctor there detected that she was.

ASP Acquah said when the complainant confronted the victim over the case, the victim said she was defiled by Yekpele defiled.

She said the complainant reported the case to the Police and the victim was issued with a medical form for examination and treatment.

ASP Acquah said the case was referred to the Odorkor Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit of the Ghana Police Service.

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