Residents of Boo in the Lawra Municipality of the Upper West Region, are calling on stakeholders to help seek justice for a 14-year-old primary four pupil at the Boo Roman Catholic Basic School who, a teacher allegedly defiled.
They said the victim had since dropped out of school and
fled the community due to the stigma and mockery she had been going through
since the incident occurred in October 2018 and the teacher transferred to the
Mr Stephen Nang, a brother of the victim told MyNewsGh.com he reported the incident to the head teacher of the school, but nothing was done about it and that through his initiative, the matter was reported to the police and the teacher sent to court.
He explained that though the matter went to court, the manner
in which the case was dropped and the suspect and head teacher of the school
released on transfers raised suspicions and appealed to stakeholders to take
interest in the matter and call for a thorough investigations to ensure that
justice is given to the poor girl.
When contacted, the victim said one Daniel Owusu, who was a
teacher at the school, defiled her when she went to remove cloths she and three
of her colleagues had washed for him.
“When we were going Miss Paula (a female teacher)
called back my other colleagues to run errands for her while one other went to
the class to pick our books leaving me alone to remove the cloths. I removed
the clothes and sent them inside the teacher’s room not knowing he was already
waiting in the room for me.
“I dropped the cloths on a chair and turned to go out but Mr
Owusu called me to come back, I went and asked what he wants me to do but he
didn’t say anything, so I turned to go out and he held my dress, pulled me to
the floor, and forcibly had sex with me”, she explained.
She said the incident had affected her so much that she had
lost interest in education, hence her decision to stop schooling.
“When that happened, any time I go to school they will
be talking about it, even in the house, so it gets me thinking almost all the
time, when I sit in class I will just be thinking about it, so as for me I will
not go to school again”, she explained in between tears.
However, a police medical report conducted on the victim at
the Lawra Municipal Hospital on April 3, 2019, indicated that the victim’s
hymen had been broken and that she was infected with bacterial vaginosis.
Also, police report dated April, 17, 2019, filed by one of
the girls with whom the victim did the washing, said the victim narrated her
ordeal to her after the incident.
“After I finished fetching (the water) for Miss Paula,
I traced (her) and heard her crying in teacher Owusu’s room. I stood on the
veranda and waited for her to come out.
“When she came out of the room she was still crying and when
I asked her she told me that when she sent the clothes inside, master slept
with her. I asked again and she said master had sex with her.”, Ida
Nabiebakye said in the police statement.
The aggrieved residents, however, said the head teacher of
the Boo RC Basic School did not take any action against Mr. Owusu when the
incident of defilement was reported to him.
Some court documents available indicated that the
defilement charge against Owusu was called at the Lawra Circuit Court on May 8,
2019, but was later dropped upon the advice of Mr Frank Asiedu Nimakoh,
Assistant State Attorney in the Upper West Region, on 23rd October, 2019.
The court documents in possession our possession where
charges against the accused were dropped indicated that five months after
witnesses wrote statements will not be credible enough and that the statements
from witnesses were not corroborating.
“Assuming the medical examination was to the effect that the
victim had been defiled, the obvious question would be whether or not the
accused is responsible. The evidence on report vis-à-vis statements given to
the police by the victim and those given by the witnesses do not support
defilement of the victim by the accused person”, the document read.
“This is because these witnesses cannot be said to be
credible witnesses. You are therefore to drop the charge of defilement against
the accused person”, the document signed by Mr Frank Asiedu Nimakoh, Assistant
State Attorney stated.
Mr Liman A. Omar, a Deputy District Director of Education at
Lawra in charge of Finance and Administration who stood surety and bailed Owusu
claimed that the accused was framed up.
Mr Omar in a telephone interview said that the accused’s
life was in danger in the community hence the need to release him on a
The victim is currently in Tamale in the Northern Region
undergoing counseling and to possibly enroll her in school.
Meanwhile the Gbewaa Chambers Limited in Tamale, counsel for the victim had petitioned the Minister of Justice and Attorney General to intervene in the matter for the victim to get justice.
The Reverend Father Gregory N. Dery, a Barrister and Solicitor at the Gbewaa Chambers Limited told the MyNewsGh.com that he had to petition higher authorities because Mr Frank Asiedu Nimako, the Assistant State Attorney was bias in the case.