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Two persons who defiled a 15-year-old and fought over her at Opetekwei, near Dansoman, have appeared before an Accra Circuit Court charged with defilement.

Wisdom Torto, 22-year-old unemployed, and Michael Borbivi, aged 18, pleaded not guilty.

Prosecuting, Detective Inspector Kofi Atimbire said the complainant is the mother of the victim.

According to the prosecutor, the victim resides with her mother at Opetekwei, near Dansoman in Accra, and the accused persons also reside in the same vicinity.

The facts of the case are that in December last year, Torto met the victim and proposed love to her, to which the victim consented, and on that basis Torto took the victim to his house and had sex with her.

Inspector Atimbire said Torto, however, called off the relationship later.

According to prosecution, Michael Borbivi also met the victim and proposed to her.

Borbivi later lured the victim to an uncompleted building and had sex with her early this year.

Prosecution said when Torto (the ex-boyfriend) heard that Borbivi was now in a relationship with the victim, an argument ensued between them, which generated into a fight.

The complainant (mother of the victim), however, got wind of the ensuing fight over her daughter and reported the case to the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit.

The complainant was subsequently issued with police medical report form to send the victim to the hospital for examination.

Later, the accused persons were arrested and charged before court.

Based on recent ruling by the Supreme Court that people accused of offences like robbery, defilement, rape and murder, among others, can now be granted bail while awaiting trial, the two – Torto and Borbivi – had been admitted to bail in the sum of GH₡10,000 with three sureties each.

They are expected to reappear on June 9 before the court, presided over by Mrs Abena Oppong Adjin-Doku.

The Supreme Court (SC) in a 5-2 majority decision had described Section 96 (7) of Act 30, which makes certain offences including defilement as non-bailable offences in the Criminal Procedure Code, as unconstitutional.

Prior to the judgement, such alleged offenders were kept on remand pending trial.

Source: The Finder

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