The Wa Circuit Court has sentenced a 35-year-old man to 71 years imprisonment for defilement.
This was after the court, presided over by His Honor Jonathan Avogo, determined that Ahmed Rashid, a local master of ceremonies (MC) was guilty of having sex with seven minors (girls) contrary to section 101 of the Criminal Offenses Act, Act 29.
He was charged on 10 counts of defilement.
One of the dockets involved a victim, aged about 13 years, who said the accused had sex with her several times, another involved a victim and the third involved three victims, one of whom the accused said was his cousin.
On Friday, the accused person had opened his defense, mounted the witness box, and was cross-examined by the prosecutor, but without a lawyer.
He had admitted that he knew two out of the three survivors mentioned in the docket, with one of them being his stepmother’s daughter.
Rashid also admitted that he has a wife with two children aged about five years and two years, and had also impregnated an 18-year-old girl, whom the prosecution said was a Junior High School pupil.
The accused person, during cross-examination, also admitted that he was once accused by his aunt some years ago of sleeping with her daughter.
The prosecution, led by Mr Saeed Abdul Shakur, a Principal State Attorney in the Upper West Region, during the cross-examination, put it to the accused person that he lured the victims with food to defile them, which the accused person denied.
He also put it to the accused person that he exploited his relations with one of the survivor’s mother to sexually molest the survivor, but he once again denied it.
The prosecution also suggested to the accused person that when his wife left for her family house after a misunderstanding ensued between them for about three months, he used that period as a “holiday” to have sex with girls, which he again denied.
But the medical officer at the Wa Municipal Hospital, Dr Alhassan Mohammed Mubarak confirmed the assaults which added up to the sentencing of the convict.
Dr. Mubarik revealed that all the girls had their hymens broken.
All the victims were aged between 12 and 14 years.
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