A 22 year old welder is in police custody for allegedly attempting to rape a final year medical student at the Korle Bu teaching hospital on last Thursday.
According to Joy News, the student, whose identity is withheld, sustained serious hip and waist injuries after she jump from a two storey building and landed on her feet is currently on admission at the Intensive Care Unit of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
The suspected rapist, Emmanuel Ayeh, a resident of Mamprobi, was arrested by the male colleagues of the victim when she shouted for help and was taken to the Korle Bu Police Station where he is currently being held in custody.
Access to the hostel is open with no security checkpoint at the entrance. The floor of the three storey building from which the victim jumped is about 20 feet from the ground, graphicOnline reported.
Narrating the whole incident an eyewitness and mate of the victim, who gave his name as Edwin, said that the incident occurred at the Block R Hostel in the evening.
According to Edwin, he was standing downstairs with another mate when he heard shouting and later a bang as their mate jumped from the first floor of the building to the ground.
Instinctively, he said, they both ran to her aid, and she managed to tell them that there was a guy in her room who had a knife and had attempted to rape her.
He said, he then asked his other mate to see to the victim as he shouted to other mates for more support.
He then went to the victim’s room where he found the assailant holding a knife, standing with his penis erect. Where they arrested him and took him to the police station.
According to Edwin, the victim, while being sent to hospital, said that she had just returned from the bathroom and entered her room when the assailant entered holding a knife which he pointed at her and asked her to surrender all her valuables and any money she had.
The victim, he said, obliged and handed over her laptop, phones and all the money she had on her, after which the assailant commanded her to undress and lie down.
At that point, he said, she got up and pretending to open the zipper of her trousers, rushed out while shouting and jumped. She bounced off the wedge on the first floor before landing on the ground.
Meanwhile some students residing in the hostels have who spoke to the Daily Graphic expressed concern about the inadequate security at the hostels.
They said that crimes took place very often at the hostels, but that was the first time they had experienced a violent one.
Even though there were some security personnel at the various hostels, they said, it was quite difficult for them to differentiate students from non-students; a situation that made it easier for intruders to access the hostels.
The police at Korle Bu who confirmed the incident said the suspect has been arrested in to police custody whiles further investigations is pending.