Father Sentenced to 10 Years in Jail for Burning Daughter’s Genitals with Hot Cutlasses

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Tarkwa Circuit Court Sentences 47-Year-Old Man to 10 Years of Hard Labor for Assaulting His 13-Year-Old Daughter Over Accusations of Sexual Activity

The convict, John Ansah, who is the biological father of the victim, pleaded guilty to charges of causing harm, indecent assault, and female genital mutilation. Police Superintendent Juliana Essel-Dadzie informed the court, presided over by Mrs. Hathia Ama Manu, that the complainant was a supervisor at the Ghana Rubber Estates Limited (GREL) and a resident of Agona Nkwanta. Ansah, a charcoal producer, lived as a single parent with his children, including the victim, at Kwapong within the GREL plantation.

According to what the court heard, Ansah had been abusing the victim severely under the pretext that she was pursuing males and engaging in sexual activity with them.

According to the prosecution, on Sunday, March 24, 2024, at approximately 20:00 hours, Ansah bound the victim’s daughter’s hands and legs with a rope at their bamboo home. She then lit two cutlasses on fire and inserted them one at a time into the victim’s vagina, severely burning her thighs and surrounding area

Superintendent Essel-Dadzie clarified that the woman screamed for assistance while Ansah tortured her until she grew weak. Nevertheless, she was left exhausted with the rope until the next day, when she was able to liberate herself.

The prosecutor stated that on March 26, 2024, the victim managed to escape from the cottage and was rescued by a witness in the case, who promptly took her to Nsuaem Government Hospital, where she was admitted for treatment. The incident was reported to the Nsuaem police station, and a medical form was issued on behalf of the victim for endorsement, which was then returned to the police.

The complainant subsequently assisted the police in arresting Ansah, who was handed over to the Regional Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) to facilitate investigations.

Source: Graphic Online

 

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