Dr Sulley Ali-Gabss
Dr Sulley Ali-Gabss

A circuit court in Ghana?s capital Monday sentenced a senior medical doctor to 25 years in prison for defiling a 16-year-old boy, local media reported here Tuesday.

Dr Sulley Ali-Gabss
Dr Sulley Ali-Gabss
Dr Sulley Ali-Gabss, a senior medical officer of the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital in the Western Region, was alleged to have in the months of October 2013 and April 2014 at Kasoa in the Central Region, and Alajo, a suburb of Accra, respectively had unnatural carnal knowledge of the victim.

He had pleaded not guilty to two counts of defiling and having unnatural carnal knowledge of a boy below 16 years.

The court, presided by Rita Agyeman-Budu, however discharged and acquitted Dr. Ali-Gabass on the second charge of unnatural knowledge of the boy on the ground that, for that charge to suffice, the victim must be more than 16 years.

The judge, in her ruling, said the sentence would serve as a deterrence to people who subjected minors, whether male or female, to such sexual acts amounting to violence.

?This act of the accused is very reprehensible and I condemn it in no uncertain terms,? she emphasized.
?There is no doubt in my mind that the accused person had anal sex with the victim who at the time of the act was under 16 years and I find the accused guilty on the charge of defilement, contrary to Section 101(2) of Act 29, 1960 and convict him accordingly.

?He is hereby sentenced to 25 years? imprisonment, which is the maximum sentence for defilement in Ghana,? Budu stated.

She stated further: ?There is no doubt that, as a nation, apart from narcotics, which is a menace, armed robbery, rape and defilement cases are on the increase. It, therefore, leaves no one in doubt that there is the need for a concerted effort to remove and destroy this dangerous canker of rape and defilement from our society.?
John Baiden, lawyer of Ali-Gabass, before the sentence, in a mitigation plea, had asked the judge to tamper justice with mercy, saying he was a good medical doctor who had learnt from his act of indiscretion.

Baiden said the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) were increasingly being protected by a United Nations resolution.

He also cited the recent United States Supreme Court ruling which endorsed same sex marriages, thus affirming the increasing right of the LGBT community.

A member of Dr. Ali-Gabass?s legal team, Phixon Owoo, told the state-run Ghanaian Times they would appeal the court?s ruling at a higher court after studying the judgment. Enditem


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