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12th July 2011, 07:32 PM
George Koffie the 43-year old military officer, who has been accused of allegedly defiling his 16-year-old daughter in a hotel room at La-Accra, resulting in her pregnancy, was yesterday granted bail by an Accra Circuit Court.

The accused person was granted a GH˘10,000 bail with two sureties to be justified.

The trial judge, Mrs. Georgina Mensah-Datsa, granted the accused person bail after hearing in chambers the evidence of the alleged victim who has also accused her mother of locking her up in a room and beating her in an attempt to silence her on the issue.

It is not known what evidence the girl gave in chambers but it is believed that her evidence might have raised eyebrows regarding the alleged offence committed by her father, leaving the judge no choice than to free the soldier on bail.

The accused person and his wife, Margaret Amoako, who have been charged with abetment of crime, were for the first time put in the dock together, as their old charge sheets were substituted with new ones. The soldier denied the offence of incest while his wife, who is a trader, also pleaded not guilty to abetment of crime.

She was granted bail in the same amount as that of her husband’s last week when she was first charged.

Counsel for the accused persons, Raymond Bagbnabu, prayed the court to grant the soldier bail as he was an officer who could not leave the jurisdiction without the permission of the Ghana Armed Forces.

He said the facts of the case contradicted what his client told him and explained that the whole case was a set-up to embarrass the military officer who had always been against his daughter’s relationship with a certain boy on grounds that she was too young and should concentrate on her studies.

Mr. Bagnabu also stated that the offence of incest in a case where the alleged victim was 16 years and above was bailable, subject to the discretion of the judge and prayed the judge to let his client breath some air of freedom as he would not abscond.

The case has been adjourned to July 19 2011. A few soldiers, believed to be friends of the couple, were in court to give them moral support.

A lady believed to be a friend of the couple who spoke on condition of anonymity told DAILY GUIDE that the girl at the centre of the incest scandal was having an affair with a boy and as a result was not doing very well in school, to the disappointment of her father.

She said several attempts to get her to concentrate on her studies proved futile so her father started becoming strict on her, adding it was not her father but the said boyfriend of the girl who impregnated her.

According to her, the 16-year-old chose to disgrace her father at the instance of her boyfriend who realized she was pregnant.

ASP Sarah Acquah, the prosecuting officer, who presented the facts of the case, told the court that the accused person was a military officer who lived with his wife and the victim who is their biological daughter and a student.

She said the accused person, between the hours of 5am and 11am on June 3, 2011, invited his daughter to town under the pretext of buying school shoes for her.

The police officer said the accused person took his daughter to a hotel at La-Accra where he forcibly had sex with her and told her not to tell anybody or else he would kill her.

On the same day at about 2:30pm, the accused picked the victim up, as if he was taking her to Adukrom in the Eastern Region, but drove her to a private hotel at La in Accra and had sex with her again.

The prosecuting officer stated that after the act, the accused person took the victim to Tema Station to board a car to Adukrom in the Eastern Region.

ASP Acquah said the victim, on reaching school, called her mother and informed her of her father’s conduct. The victim’s mother told her not to inform anyone, else the issue would bring disgrace to the entire family. She said the mother of the accused person beat her and locked her up in an attempt to prevent her from reporting the matter to the police.

The police officer observed that the mother of the victim went to school to force her daughter to retract the story that she gave the police and rather say that it was someone else and not her father who impregnated her.

Prosecution said the victim’s mother later bought her medicines, and after taking the medication, the victim detected that she was pregnant and lodged a complaint with the police at Cantonments.

The case was however referred to the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU). The accused was arrested and a medical form issued to the victim for examination and treatment. The police officer said the military officer denied the offence after his arrest and was arraigned after police concluded investigations

Source: Fidelia Achama