Dr Sulley Ali Gabass, the medical officer at the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital in Sekondi, who has been accused of sodomising a 16-year-old senior high school student, was yesterday remanded in police custody by an Accra Circuit Court.

The accused has been slapped with a two-count charge of defiling a child under 16 years and unnatural carnal knowledge, and his plea of not guilty had not been taken.

Dr Ali Gabass, who was spotted in a white round neck T-shirt over a brown pair of trousers, is said to have in 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.

The court, presided over by Mrs Rita Agyemang Budu, had much of the proceedings held in camera, with prosecutors and the defence counsel reluctant to divulge what went on in the judge?s chambers, except to say that the case had been adjourned to November 7, 2014 and the suspect remanded.

Victim Absent

However, checks by DAILY GUIDE revealed that the victim was not in court because he was receiving treatment at the hospital.

Facts

 The facts as told by the prosecution were that, the victim is a student residing at Kasoa while Dr Ali Gabass is a medical practitioner at the Effia Nkwanta Hospital and resides in Takoradi in the Western Region.

The police prosecutors, DSP Aidan Dery and DSP Abraham A. Annor, said in the month of September 2013, the victim met the suspect on Facebook and became friends, chatted online and communicated on phone for a while.

According to the prosecution, during the month of October 2013, Dr Gabass arranged and met the victim at Kasoa New Market area, where he forcibly had anal sex with the boy in his car in front of the Kasoa HFC Bank.

The prosecution continued that at about 7:00 pm on December 28, 2013, Dr Gabass again met the victim at the same place and had anal sex with him, adding that after the act, he offered the victim a Samsung Galaxy mobile phone and GH?20, which the victim allegedly turned down but the accused person insisted that he should take it.

According to the prosecution, after having the anal sex for the second time, the male minor became ill and informed the doctor about his ill health and he prescribed paracetamol tablets for him.

Incidentally, during the month of February 2014, Dr Gabass again had unnatural carnal knowledge with the victim at the same venue.

The police further added that in March and April 2014, Dr Gabass lured the victim to his house at Alajo and again had anal sex with him but after the fifth time, the victim started experiencing excruciating pains and complained to the man to give him money to attend hospital but the latter refused.

Prosecution averred that the accused rather threatened the victim persistently via phone calls and managed to put fear into him for disclosing his ordeal.

The prosecutors said, ?Victim?s condition became worse and he informed the suspect who advised him to go to hospital. In August 2014, victim?s condition became so critical that he (the victim) was sent to the Ahmadiyya Mission Hospital.?

The police said that the victim was later referred to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital for further treatment.

The prosecution indicated that the suspect was informed of the development and he sent GH?800 through the elder brother of the victim to cater for the medical expenses, insisting that on September 21, 2014, the victim was admitted at the Korle-Bu Surgical Ward where anal fistula and anal rectal abscess surgical operation were performed on him.

It stated that the victim, while receiving treatment at the hospital, was diagnosed HIV positive and mentioned Dr Ali Gabass as the one responsible for the complications he was experiencing.

The prosecution said following media reports on the case, the police initiated investigations into the case and the victim was contacted and statements obtained from him.

Dr Ali Gabass was arrested by the Sekondi Domestic Violence Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) and handed over to the CID headquarters in Accra for further investigations.

By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson

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