Ashanti Region: 73-year-old man faces jail for defiling girl, 10

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A man who allegedly defiled a 10-year-old girl at Ankaase in the Ashanti Region on Friday (February 4) appeared before the Juaben Circuit Court, can report.

Gabriel Galley, 73, has been charged with the offense of defilement is defined under section 101 of the Criminal Offenses Act, 1960 (Act 29), as the natural or unnatural carnal knowledge of any child less than sixteen years of age.

A police prosecutor told the court that the accused person is a farmer and has a wife who sells flour at Ankaase in the Afigya Kwabre North District of the Ashanti Region. The victim also lives just behind the suspect’s home, the court heard.

The prosecutor said during the month of January 2023, the victim who was sent to buy flour from the accused person’s wife noticed that she was not around. Gabriel who took advantage of his wife’s absence then lured the victim into his son’s room and had unprotected sexual intercourse with her.

The officer also revealed that the accused person committed this act for the second time with the victim in an uncompleted bathroom but was caught red-handed by the victim’s sister.

The incident was reported to the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit at the Mampongten District Police Command for further action, the prosecutor said adding that a medical examination of the victim has confirmed the claim.

Gabby was later arrested on Wednesday, February 1 and arraigned. Although he was not represented by Counsel, he pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The court presided over by H/H Rosemary Afua Asantewaa consequently remanded the suspect into police custody while investigations continue.

He will reappear before the court on February 14, 2023.

In Ghana, prosecution in defilement cases is mandatory and the law is very strict because the consent of the victim is immaterial. Accused persons who defile a child 11 years and below carry a sentence of life imprisonment.


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