An Accra Circuit Court has sentenced a 27-year-old footballer to 12 years in prison for having sex with a 13-year-old girl on three different occasions at Mamprobi in Accra.
This is after the court presided over by Mrs Christina Cann found Richard Mensah guilty of three counts of defilement at the end of the trial.
The prosecution, led by Chief Inspector Simon Tekpor, said the complainant was a trader and a sister of the victim.
It said Mensah was a footballer and resided in the same house as the victim and the complainant.
The Court heard that on March 11, 2022, the convict’s girlfriend travelled for a funeral at Akraman, in Accra.
The prosecution said at about 3:00 pm, Mensah took advantage of the absence of his girlfriend and asked the victim to come to his room to assist the children to do their homework.
It said when the victim finished assisting Mensah’s children to do the assignment, he asked his children to stay outside while he and the victim remained in the room.
The prosecution said Mensah then undressed the victim and had sex with her through the vagina and anus.
On March 12, 2022, it said at about 4:00 pm the victim was in the company of Mensah’s children and Mensah again invited her into his room and had sex with her.
The prosecution said on March 14, 2022, at about 1:00 pm, the accused called the victim and asked her to assist his girlfriend to prepare food.
The victim obliged and after the food was prepared, Mensah’s girlfriend went out.
The prosecution said Mensah took advantage of his girlfriend’s absence and had sex with the victim again.
At about 9:00 pm the same day, the prosecution said the complainant was looking for the victim and she went to Mensah’s house.
The prosecution said the victim was found in Mensah’s room and she said he had sex with her.