From Samuel Duodu, Dormaa Ahenkro.
A 21 year old miller, Kwaku Augustine, a.k.a “Apulley” from Aboabo No. 4 in the Dormaa Municipality, has been sentenced to 14 years imprisonment by the Dormaa Circuit Court for defiling an eight year old school girl in 2002.
The convict fled the town and later returned in November, 2009, and was arrested by the police and charged with the offence.
Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Matthew Yeboah told the court, presided over by Justice Isaac Bright Akwantey, that Apulley invited the girl, who was only eight years by then, into his shop at Aboabo No 4 and asked her to buy him iced water.
Chief Inspector Yeboah said the innocent girl complied and when she returned, the miller lured her into his bedroom near the corn mill and forcibly had sex with her on several occasions after which he warned her of grievous consequences if she dared disclose her ordeal to anyone.
He said three days after the ordeal, a close friend of the victim detected while visiting the lavatory with her that blood was coming from her private part and, therefore, reported what she saw to the victim’s mother.
The prosecution said after a report to the police, the girl was rushed to the Dormaa Presbyterian Hospital where her private part was discovered to have been tampered with and seriously damaged.
The convict, sensing danger, vanished from the town and all attempts to locate him proved futile until November 22, 2009 when the police had a tip-off that he had returned to the town thinking that eight years was long enough for the victim’s parents and the police to forget his crime.
Chief Inspector Yeboah said that when the police arrested the convict he denied any knowledge of the victim and vowed that he never sent her for iced water but evidence led in the court proved that he defiled the girl and ran away from the town to escape arrest.