The Tarkwa circuit court sentenced 20-year-old teacher Jephtah Agyarko to 12 years in prison with hard work for defiling a student in his class.
When Agyarko first appeared in court, he entered a plea of guilty to the allegation of defilment, and the presiding judge, Hathia Ama Manu, postponed the sentencing.
According to Chief Inspector Joseph Lartey, the prosecutor, the complainant is a farmer who resides in Tetrem in the Tarkwa-Nsuaem municipality with her daughter, the victim, who is 14 years old.
According to him, the victim’s previous teacher (Agyarko) was also a member of the same church as her and her parents.
Following their dismissal from school on June 23, 2023, the offender purposefully asked the victim if she would attend the watch night service that day, which was being hosted by their church.
The victim advised Agyarko that she would not go but was confident that her parents would be there out of ignorance, according to Chief Inspector Lartey.
According to the prosecution, the victim was home alone on the same day at around 20 hours when she heard a knock on the door. She went outside and noticed the defendant standing in front of their main gate.
Chief Inspector Lartey alleged the victim asked him why he was in her home at that unusual hour, but Agyarko answered he was on his way to Tetrem to visit someone else and thought to check on her instead.
The criminal then took advantage of the victim’s offer to sit down in their living room and forcibly had šę* with her.
The prosecutor claimed that following the incident, the victim chose to keep it to herself out of concern that her parents would punish her.
The victim, who was dissatisfied with the convict’s behaviour, decided to voice her displeasure in writing, but sadly the victim’s headmaster obtained the letter, according to Chief Inspector Lartey.
The headmaster and the convict acted on the letter and contacted the victim’s parents to that effect on August 13, 2023, according to evidence presented in court.
According to Chief inspector Lartey, a report was made to the police on August 18, 2023, which led to the arrest of the accused. During questioning, the accused accepted the offence in his investigation caution statement.
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