A Cape Coast Circuit Court Judge, Mrs Dorinda Arthur Smith, has made a death-wish for a 60-year-old convict who defiled his two-year old granddaughter.
Mrs Smith, who described the act of the convict, Kofi Appiah, as “vicious”, sentenced him to 21-years in hard labour.
Kofi Appiah pleaded guilty to the charge of defilement and the court convicted him on his own plea.
Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Charles Hevi told the court that the complainant Madam Augustina Koomson is the baby’s mother who lives at Benti Esarem, a suburb of Moree in the Central Region.
He said the convict is also a carpenter and an uncle to the victim’s father and lived in the same vicinity with the complainant.
Recounting the incident, Chief Inspector said on Friday, October 16 at about 6am, the victim disappeared while playing and the complainant searched the entire area, but could not find her.
Madam Augustina then extended her search to the baby’s father’s family house where she met her with her aunt.
The Prosecutor said the girl’s aunt told the complainant that she heard a child crying in Appiah’s room and became alarmed.
He said the aunt managed to open the convict’s room, which was locked and saw him having sexual intercourse with the baby.
She quickly pulled the baby from the grips of Appiah and saw a starchy substance in the baby’s vagina, legs and dress.
The baby told the complainant her ordeal in the hands of the convict after the convict lured her into his room, while playing and removed her pants and had sexual intercourse with her.
A complaint was lodged at the Moree Police station, where medical forms were issued for the baby to be sent to the hospital for examination, treatment and counselling.
Chief Inspector Hevi said on Saturday October 17 the convict was arrested and the case was referred to the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) in Cape Coast.