An Accra Circuit Court has sentenced a 21-year-old dancer who defiled and impregnated a 15-year-old girl at Korle Gonno in Accra to seven years imprisonment.
The convict, Samuel Aryee was charged with defilement to which he pleaded guilty, after medical report of the victim indicated that she was two months pregnant.
He made the work easier for the Court presided over by Mrs Jane Harriet Akweley Quaye who convicted Aryee on his own plea.
When given the opportunity to say something if he had any before sentence was pronounced, Samuel Aryee admitted that his action was in violation of the law and vowed not to repeat the act.
He further prayed the court to tamper justice with mercy, emphasising “I will not do that again”.
Bound by the law, the court could not exercise any discretion to mitigate the jail term. It took into consideration the age of the convict, noting that the he was young, but could hardly help. Mrs Jane Harriet Akweley Quaye therefore pronounced that, “the offence of defilement was a serious one and the minimum sentence was seven years. I therefore sentence you to seven years imprisonment in hard labour”.
Prosecuting, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Agnes Boafo told the court that the complainant is a businessman and father of the victim who resides at Kwadaso Estate in Kumasi.
She said the victim lives with her mother at Dansoman in Accra, whilst the convict resides at Korle Gonno, all suburbs of Accra.
The prosecutor said, Aryee went to Riches in Glory School, Dansoman in June this year to perform a dance. He then saw the victim and gave her his phone number.
The convict lured the victim to his house where she stayed with the him for four days without the knowledge of her parents. During their stay together, Aryee had sexual intercourse with the victim.
According to ASP Agnes Boafo, shortly after her Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), the convict invited the victim again and she spent another four days with him.
She said the victim’s mother later suspected the victim was pregnant and when asked, she mentioned the convict as the one responsible.
The complainant was informed about the situation and he reported the matter to the Police at Dansoman, where a medical form was issued to him for the victim’s examination.
The convict admitted the offence to police the medical report indicated that the victim was two months pregnant.