Deeba 41 No bail for Deeba in rape case!

A Ghanaian musician,  Akyeampong Deeba, also known as Richard Nimo and Kofi Akyeampong, was yesterday remanded by the Accra Circuit Court pending his extradition to the United Kingdom to stand trial  for allegedly defiling his stepdaughter. He was arraigned on five counts of defilement and another count of assault, but his plea was not taken. He will reappear on February 7, 2013.

The facts of the case, as narrated by Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mr Cletus Abedamlora, were that in December 2012, INTERPOL Accra received a request of arrest warrant from its counterpart in London to the effect that between 2004 and 2008, while living in the UK, the accused person had a relationship with a woman who already had two daughters, aged eight and six, from her previous relationship.

Subsequently, Deeba and the woman had two children from their union. Initially, they lived separately, but when the woman went on night shift, Deeba took care of the home and cared for the children. That, the prosecutor said, continued until September 2008 when Deeba returned to Ghana to pursue his musical career.
But two weeks after his departure from the UK, Deeba?s stepdaughter told her mother that her stepfather had sexual intercourse with her on several occasions whenever her mother went to work in the night.

According to the prosecutor, on those occasions, Deeba invited the little girl into the bedroom to watch pornographic films with him, after which he would lay her on the bed, kiss her mouth, apply baby oil on his penis and have sex with her. The little girl also alleged that the accused person sometimes had anal sex with her and that after each act, he put a sanitary towel in her panties to avoid evidence of bloodstains and also hid his stained bedsheet.

She further alleged that Deeba threatened to beat her if she disclosed the acts to anyone. Deeba, the prosecutor said, assaulted the little girl?s sister between June 1 and 4, 2008 when she attempted to satisfy her inquisitiveness about what was happening to her sister and that led to a cut on the back of the girl?s head.

A medical  examination on the little girl by a forensic physician, Dr. Ainsley Kassie, revealed extensive damage to her hymen as a result of vaginal penetration.
Deeba was said to have denied the offence when he was confronted by his fiancee, who later lodged a complaint with the police, following which a warrant was issued by the Northampton-shire Magistrate Court for the arrest of the accused person.

The prosecutor said Deeba was arrested at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra during an undercover operation.
Deeba denied the offence in his caution statement to the police. The judge, Mr Ebenezer Osei-Darko, turned down an application for bail by Deeba?s lawyer, Mr Kofi Kwakye.

Source:  Daily Graphic

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