Farmer jailed 12 years for having sex with under-age girl

A farmer, 36, of Jukwa in the Central Region, who defiled his neighbour’s 12-year-old daughter in the bush, has been sentenced to 12 years imprisonment by a Cape Coast Circuit Court

The convict, Joseph Ampong alias Ekow, pleaded not guilty but the Court presided over by Madam Sedina Agbemava, found him guilty.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sylvanus Dalmeida told the Court that on Saturday May 23, at about 1800hrs, the victim left home to meet her mother, who was late in returning home from the farm.

On reaching a section of the Jukwa- Nkwantanan main road, Ampong, who was coming from the opposite direction, called her under the pretext of sending her on an errand.

However, Ampong dragged her into a bush nearby, and ordered her to stoop against a coconut tree, gagged her with his hand, removed her underwear and had sexual intercourse with her.

The victim’s uncle who was returning from the farm, chanced upon them and the two fled the scene leaving the victims underwear and Ampong’s cap and cutlass.

ASP Dalmeida said a report was made at the Jukwa Police Station where, a police medical report was issued for the girl to be taken to the hospital for examination, treatment and a report while Ampong was subsequently arrested. GNA

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