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Father sentenced to 24 years imprisonment for defiling 12-year-old daughter

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A 56-year-old mason, Joseph Amon Neequaye, has been sentenced to 24 years imprisonment for defiling his 12-year-old daughter twice. The accused was said to have had sex with his daughter after assisting her to do her homework.

In open court, Neequaye denied having sex with his daughter on five occasions, but admitted to doing so twice. On the first occasion, the victim came and slept by him and he ended up defiling her. On the second occasion, Neequaye claimed that it was the victim who put her breast in his mouth and he ended up defiling her.

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The accused was charged with defilement and incest and pleaded guilty. He pleaded with the court to forgive him and have mercy on him, but was convicted on his plea.

The court, presided over by Mrs Christina Cann, held that cases of defilement are on the rise, and that the accused deserved a deterrent sentence even though he did not waste the court’s time.

According to prosecution, the victim’s mother had passed away and she was therefore residing with her grandmother. The accused, now a convict, was the victim’s biological father and also resided at Mpoase in Dansoman, Accra.

From January to April 2023, Neequaye took advantage of the victim by defiling her on five occasions in his room at Mpoase. Three weeks ago, the complainant had information to the effect that Neequaye had been having sex with the victim. Based on that information, the complainant confronted the victim, who confirmed the sexual encounters she had had with her father.

The complainant and other witnesses confronted the convict, who admitted his offence and pleaded with them. A report was made to the Domestic Violence and Victims’ Support Unit of the Ghana Police Service, Dansoman, and a medical form was issued to the complainant to seek medical care for the victim. Neequaye was subsequently arrested and, in his investigation caution statement, he admitted having sex with the victim twice.

For the most part, cases of defilement and sexual abuse are on the rise in Ghana. It is essential for parents, caregivers, and the general public to be vigilant and report any suspected cases of abuse or sexual misconduct to the appropriate authorities. The law must also take its course and impose harsh sentences on perpetrators of such heinous crimes. Justice must be served to protect the vulnerable in our society.

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