Sunday, July 20, 2008


From Kwame Asare Boadu, Kumasi

THE Police are investigating a case in which the Health Information Officer of the Bekwai Government Hospital, Francis Aboagye Mireku, allegedly defiled a 12-year-old girl and invoked the spirit of a local deity , Asuo Nyanta, to kill the girl, if she dared divulge the incident to anyone.
The 44-year-old man had denied the allegation but was in police custody in Kumasi pending further investigation.
The girl divulged the incident while watching an HIV/AIDS documentary on television with her mother.
The Police Public Relations Officer for the Ashanti Region, Inspector Yusif Mohammed Tanko, told The Mirror that the girl revealed the incident last Monday at Manpase, near Bekwai in the Ashanti Region, where they live.
He said while watching the documentary, the woman told her daughter that she would get HIV/AIDS if she had sex with any man.
On hearing that from her mother, the girl informed her that about a year ago, Francis forcibly had sex with her.
According to the girl, the man invoked the spirit of the deity and because of that she could not tell anybody about the act because she feared she would die.
The police quoted the girl as saying that the man used to live in the same house as the victim and her family but he later left to live in another house near her school.
Sometime June last year, the man was said to have lured the girl into his room where he sexually abused her. After the act the girl never told anyone.
Inspector Tanko said medical examination revealed that the girl’s hymen had been broken.
The PRO said the man had vehemently denied the allegation but said investigations were underway to get to the bottom of the matter.

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