A fourteen-year-old girl in Nabari in the West Mamprusi Municipal of the North East Region is pregnant after she was allegedly defiled by a 35-year-old married man.
According to the victim, one Jonas Sandoo a resident of the community, allegedly threatened her with a knife in a bush and had sex with her.
“On my way home from school, I stopped to free myself in the bush and he appeared out of nowhere with a knife in his hands.
He used a rag to closed my mouth and beat me until I was too weak and then he had sex with me” she alleged.
After having unprotected sex with the 14-year-old girl, he allegedly threatened to kill her if she told anyone about it.
Mr. Samari Joseph, the victim’s uncle, corroborated her statement, saying that the family had noticed the girl’s unusual behavior after the defilement incident.
However, several attempts to figure out what was wrong with the 14-year-old girl yielded no results as she insisted that everything was fine until 28th of October, when she finally told her family what had happened to her.
According to the uncle, all attempts to persuade the culprit’s family to accept responsibility for the pregnancy failed.
“We confronted the man’s family first, but they refused to listen, so we had to report them to the chief palace” the uncle told Justicefmonline.
The chief, however, stated that it was a criminal offense that could not be tried in his palace and advised them to take it to the police station.
Mr. Jonas was arrested by Walewale police to help in investigations after the incident was reported at the station.
The accused has been arraigned before court in Tamale in the Northern Region.
At the first hearing, the court granted the accused bail, leaving the family of the victim concerned.
“They asked us to return to court on November 25th, 2021, only for us to learn later that the culprit had been granted bail” he stated.
“We don’t know what could happen to our daughter now because we live with a man who has threatened to kill her” Mr. Joseph expressed his fears.
Meanwhile the accused person has since denied any knowledge about the incident, claiming his innocence.
Story: Sulemana Zakaria | Justicefmonline | Tamale