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E/R: Teacher jailed 12 years for defilement

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A 28-year-old pupil teacher of a private school has been jailed 12 years in prison with hard labour by the Odumase-Krobo Circuit Court in the Eastern Region.

Enoch Amponsah pleaded guilty to the charge of defilement when he first appeared in court presided over by His Honour, Kwase Apiatse Abaidoo.

The convict and victim live in the same neighborhood.

Prosecutor narrated , the victim attended weekend classes organized by her school. After the classes, the teacher, Enoch, sent her on an errand in one of their offices,only to indulge her in a sexual intercourse.

It was revealed in the court that he warned the victim not to disclose the sexual encounter or else be flogged.

The victim was lured again by the teacher for several sexual intercourse encounter in his room on different dates in October and November, prosecution added.

Her inability to walk caused the mother to worry, heightening her suspicions. After questioning , the victim disclosed to her mother that the teacher popularly known Sir Enoch had been having sex with her.

A formal complaint by the mother to the police led to his arrest and prosecution.

The Convict admitted defiling the victim in his statement on five different occasions.

Section 101 of the Criminal Offence Act, 1960, (Act 29) provides for defilement as follows: (1) For the purposes of this Act, defilement is the natural or unnatural carnal knowledge of a child under sixteen years of age.

Whoever carnally knows any female under fourteen years of age with or without her consent shall be guilty of a second degree felony and be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term of not less than twelve months or more than 10 years.

Another case of Sodomy involving a Private School teacher and 14 year past student is in court in the same Municipality, Lower Manya Krobo.


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