Fetish Priest Defiles 13yr Old

By Gabriel Amoah
The Statesman
April 1, 2009§ion=1

PETER Nana Agyemang, a 40-year old fetish priest has been sentenced to nine years imprisonment in hard labour for defiling a 13-year-old girl by the Juaso Circuit Court presided over by Justice Jacob Boon who sat as an additional circuit court judge.

Agyemang pleaded guilty to the charge and was convicted on his own plea.

Police Detective Inspector Emmanuel Atatsi, prosecuting told the court that the complainant was a teacher and grandmother to the victim who lived with her at Domeabra, while Agyemang was a fetish priest at Hwediem near Agogo.

He said on December 25, last year, one Afia Zenabu, a friend of Agyemang went to visit him at Hwidiem together with three others including the victim.

According to the prosecutor, after Zenabu had introduced her friends to Agyemang, he proposed love to the victim who accepted it, after which he took them to Agogo to have some fun.

At Agogo, Agyemang bought drinks for them and took the victim to a hotel where he had sex with her and gave her one Ghana Cedis thirty pesewas as transport fare to return to Domeabra.

Agyemang who later discovered that the victim had stolen his 20 Ghana Cedis informed Zenabu to impress on her to return the money else he would invoke curses on her.

The complainant who got wind of Agyemang's threats confronted the victim, compelling her to reveal their affair.

The complainant then reported the case to the police, leading to the arrest of Agyemang who admitted the offence and called for the charge to be dropped, promising to marry the victim.

Meanwhile, the Juaso Circuit Court in the Ashanti region has remanded a 71 year-old farmer into prison custody for allegedly raping his 17 year-old grand daughter at Konongo in the Asante Akim North Municipality.

Peter Kwaku Poku, whose plea was not taken, was initially charged with carnal knowledge of the victim when he first appeared before the court, and had since been remanded on several occasions in connection with the case.

However, when he appeared in court on Monday, an advice from the Attorney General"s Department preferred a charge of rape against him. He will re-appear before the court on April 9.

Police Chief Inspector Stephen Opare, prosecuting, told the court presided over by Justice Jacob Boon, sitting as an additional circuit court judge that the victim was the grand daughter of the accused and they both lived in the same vicinity.

He said on February 17, last year Poku was in his room watching television when the victim entered to join him. Moments later, Poku dragged the victim onto his bed and forcibly had sex with her after which he cautioned her to remain silent.

The victim however, informed her mother who took her to the police station where a medical form was issued for the victim to attend hospital. The form was later returned to the police duly endorsed, and the police arrested the accused.


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