Monday, June 23, 2008


A Sunyani High Court has given a man who stood surety for a teacher standing trial for allegedly raping a female student of the Yamfo Senior High School (SHS) in the Tano North District of the Brong Ahafo Region two weeks to produce the accused.
The accused, Gideon Agyagbo, 31, who was not in court when the case was called at the court, presided over by Mr Justice Ato Assan, was said to have been granted bail earlier by the Duayaw Nkwanta Circuit Court and was ordered by the court to report himself to the police twice a week but he failed to do so.
According to the police, the accused had been reporting himself at the station until two weeks ago when he went there to seek permission to attend a funeral in Ho in the Volta Region but he did not return.
The police continued that several phone calls to the accused also hit a dead end and the police had no option but redeem the bail bond.
The presiding judge, after listening to the explanation by the police, asked the man who stood as surety for the accused to bring him (accused) to court at the next adjourned date.
The court, therefore, adjourned hearing the rape case to July 3, 2008 to enable the man who stood surety to look for the accused.
The facts of the case, as read in court by Ms Angela Oboshie Torto, an Assistant State Attorney, were that the victim, aged 18, was a student of the Yamfo SHS who was writing an examination in the school which was being invigilated by the suspect, who is a teacher of the school.
She said during the examination, the accused caught the victim collecting a written answer from a male student in the examination room and collected the paper.
Ms Torto said the accused, after the examination, told the victim and other students to see him for their punishment and asked them to bring machetes to weed but the victim claimed she did not get a machete that day so she did not go to the accused for the punishment.
The Assistant State Attorney said on December 12, 2007, the victim alone went to the accused person’s house for her punishment and she was given some dirty clothes by the accused to wash. While she was washing them, the accused went behind her and started fondling her breasts.
Ms Torto told the court that the victim became offended and asked the suspect to stop what he was doing. He stopped, but later went back and did it again and when she asked him to stop, this time he rather pulled her into his room.
She continued that in the room, the accused demanded to have sex with the victim but she refused, so he allegedly forcibly pulled the victim’s pants to one side and had sex with her without her consent.
Ms. Torto said immediately after the act, the victim rushed to the school and reported the incident to the assistant headmistress. The headmistress and two other female workers in her office took the victim to her house on the school compound to examine her and they allegedly found semen in her vagina.
The Assistant State Attorney said on December 17, 2007, the victim’s father reported the offence to the police. The victim was issued with a police medical form to the hospital for treatment.
The accused was arrested and after investigations, he was charged with the offence.

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