THE FINAL YEAR student of University of Ghana, Ernest Adu Gyamfi, who allegedly forcibly had sex with an Accra Polytechnic female student, has appeared before an Accra circuit court with a charge of rape.
The accused person, whose lawyers made all efforts to bail him, was remanded into police custody to re-appear on October 4, 2010 for hearing after the prosecution objected to the bail application. Ernest pleaded not guilty to the crime.
His three lawyers said Ernest was innocent of the crime and that he was framed up by some alleged opponents he contested with when he stood for Students’ Representative Council (SRC) president just to tarnish his image.
According to them, the victim had indicated that friends had pressured her to report the matter to the police and for that matter, Ernest should be granted bail as they were ready to prove his innocence.
The matter turned dramatic when the lady in the controversy informed the court presided over by Mrs. Heward-Mills that she wanted to discontinue with the matter.
The lady, who admitted that the accused had an affair with her, said she was prompted to report the matter to the police because of the manner in which Ernest did it. She therefore, in a letter, asked the court to strike out the case.
The prosecution informed the court that the lady wrote her own statement at the police station without any duress that she had been raped. According to the prosecutor, she was even accompanied by her boyfriend who also gave a statement to the police, so it is shocking for her to make such a decision.
The judge, after several arguments on this issue between the prosecution and the defence team, indicated that it was not the duty of the court to take such a decision and that she would continue to hear the matter until the prosecution decided otherwise.
The prosecutor told the court that on September 17, 2010 at about 7:30pm, the victim visited her boyfriend who is also a student of the University of Ghana at Legon Hall but did not meet him.
During her enquiries, the accused allegedly came into contact with her and both exchanged telephone numbers.
Ernest reportedly later called the victim to come for her pictures at Legon Hall room No. 3 and so traced him in the said room.
Just as she entered, the accused allegedly locked up the door and switched off the lights and then stripped off her mini shorts, pushed her on his bed and forcibly had sexual intercourse with her. After the act, he pushed her out of the room.
The prosecutor said the victim reported an assault case to the police at Legon the same day at 8:30 pm where she was issued with a police medical form to attend hospital.
On September 21, the victim brought her medical report form indicating that she had been raped. The accused was subsequently arrested and in his caution statement, he allegedly admitted to the offence.
By Mary Anane, dailyguideonline