Soldier in court for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl

Corporal Offei Richard Okyere, a 30-year-old military man has found himself in the grips of the law.

Arrest

The soldier has appeared before an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl at Burma Camp, Accra.

Richard Okyere who is facing a charge of defiling a minor pleaded not guilty and his lawyer prayed the court to grant him bail.

But the court presided over by Mrs. Adelaide Abui Kadey, remanded Okyere into Military custody to reappear on January 27, 2021.

The prosecution, led by Detective Sergeant Opoku Aniagyei, narrated to the court that both the complainant who is a 53-year-old labourer of the Ghana Military Police, and the accused live at Burma Camp in Accra.

He said the victim is a 14-year-old Junior High School student, residing with the father who is the complainant in the case.

According to him, Okyere was also residing at Burma Camp, and that the complainant and Okyere worked in the same Regiment and were very good friends.

Between July and September last year, Okyere took advantage of the friendship between him and the complainant and paid visits to his house, and whiles the complainant was away, Okyere lured the victim into their room and had sexual intercourse with the victim in a sofa chair, Detective Sergeant Opoku said.

The prosecution added that on another occasion, Okyere had sex with the victim on the complainant's bed and the accused was not satisfied with the sexual advances, he took the victim to a nearby bush about 200 meters away from the victim’s house and had sex with her.

On December 15, last year, the victim's elder sister questioned whether she was a virgin and the victim denied being one.

The prosecution said the revelations by the victim made the complainant suspicious and he asked her who broke her virginity and she mentioned Okyere as the one who had been having sexual intercourse with her.

He said on December 16, last year, the complainant reported the matter to one Military Police and they arrested Okyere who was detained in a guardroom.

The prosecution said the Military Police issued a medical form to the complainant to seek treatment for the victim at any government hospital.

The prosecution said a medical report was submitted on the victim after a medical examination on January 2, this year.

He said later, the complainant, the victim, and Okyere were brought to the Domestic Violence and Victim’s Support Unit of the Ghana Police Service in Accra by the Military Police.

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