A police officer on trial for allegedly defiling a fifth-grade student admitted to touching her breast but denied having sex with her.
G/CPL Emmanuel Duah, 46, appeared before a Ho Circuit Court on February 1, 2023, and pleaded not guilty to the charge of defilement brought against him.
On September 29, 2021, he faces prosecution for allegedly defiling a class five student who has now turned 14 years old at Ave-Xevi in the Akatsi North District.
According to starrfm.com.gh, the suspect allegedly committed the crime while on duty at a yet-to-be-opened police station.
“The court heard that the accused, a police officer popularly known as Bob Marley, asked the victim, who had gone to fetch rain water from a silver basin in front of the police station, to go buy him water, a request the victim declined, insisting on first informing her parent before she could run the errand for the accused.” The accused “then took the basin from her and forcibly held her hands, covered her mouth, and carried her into one of the rooms at the police station and forcefully had sexual intercourse with her,” the court was told.
“The prosecution also told the court that, G/CPL Emmanuel Duah in a caution statement taken at Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Tongu Division in Sogakope, when he was first arrested, admitted that ‘he held the hand and touched the breast of the victim’ but denied having sex with her.
“The prosecution has since filed the weighing card and a medical report of the tests performed on the victim on the night of the incident in the case docket.
Following the accused’s plea, the court granted him GHS50,000 bail with two sureties, one of whom must be a public servant, according to the news website.
Meanwhile, G/CPL Duah is scheduled to return to court on February 22, 2023, for the trial to resume.
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