A 27-year-old man who impregnated a 13-year-old junior sister of his fiancée, has been sentenced to 18 years imprisonment in hard labour.
Felix Mensah, a head porter, pleaded guilty at the Koforidua Circuit Court ‘B’ presided by His Honour Kwame Polley for defilement and was convicted on his own plea.
The facts of the case as presented by Chief Inspector Benard Annor are that the convict’s own fiancée with whom he has four children, filed the complaint.
Last year on December 8, a day after the general election, the victim, a basic school pupil, came to them to spend the academic vacation.
However, on the night of her arrival in the house, the convict sneaked to have sexual intercourse with the victim while the fiancée was asleep in the same room.
The complainant said the victim had said she felt that someone was having sexual intercourse with her whilst asleep, and in the process, the convict quickly covered her mouth with his hand and threatened to kill her if she disclosed it to anyone.
The convict continuously had sexual intercourse with the minor and out of fear, the victim did not disclose her ordeal until she missed her period and upon interrogation confided in her biological mother.
The victim was sent to the hospital to conduct a pregnancy test which tested positive.
The mother of the victim accosted the convict and he admitted the offence.
He was subsequently summoned by both families and was directed to compensate the victim and perform some traditional rites to pacify the family.
Out of shame, the fiancée walked out of the relationship while the convict bolted to Accra.
The victim was taken care of by the mother until she successfully delivered on August 10, 2021.
The case was subsequently reported to the police and he was arrested and charged with defilement.