By Samuel Duodu, Sunyani.
A Twenty-five-year-old farmer who appeared before the Sunyani High Court for allegedly raping a seven-month pregnant woman at Kwaesi, near Donkro-Nkwanta in the Nkoranza District in the Brong Ahafo Region has been remanded in prison custody.
The accused, Yaw Abongo Frafra, a farmer at Kyeredeso, who pleaded not guilty to the charge of rape, is to reappear before the court presided over by Mr Justice Ato Assan on July 3, 2008.
Narrating the facts of the case to the court, Ms Angela Oboshie Torto, an Assistant State Attorney at the Attorney-General’s (A-G’s) office in Sunyani, said the complainant/victim was a 30-year-old farmer who was seven months pregnant and lived with her husband at Kwaesi near Donkro-Nkwanta in the Nkoranza District, while the accused, Yaw Abongo Frafra, was a 25 year old farmer at Kyeredeso near Nkoranza.
She said on July 1, 2007, the complainant/victim and her rival, Ama Nyarko went to Kyeredeso to mill their maize and on their way to the house at about 7.30pm, they got to a bush and realised somebody was running after them.
Ms Torto told the court that Nyarko who was then behind, turned and saw the accused running after them naked.
She said the victim and her rival took to their heels, but due to her pregnancy the victim could not run fast and the accused caught up with her, pushed her to the ground, tore her pant and forcibly had sex with her.
The victim struggled with the suspect to free herself, but she was not successful.
Ms Torto said the accused, after the act, took to his heels.
She told the court that two weeks later, the accused was arrested by the Donkro-Nkwanta Police, and brought to the Domestic Violence Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU).
The accused, in his cautioned statement admitted the offence.