Court frees woman in artificial penis case over wrong charge

A woman who was standing trial for inserting an artificial penis into a co-tenant’s vagina after making her drunk has been acquitted and discharged by an Accra Circuit Court.

Queenie Akuffo, a student was standing trial on the charge of unnatural carnal knowledge.

The court presided over by Mrs Abena Oppong Adjin-Doku in its judgement held that Queenie should have been charged with indecent assault.

According to the court the video evidence produced in court showed that the victim was conscious and could have resisted the act, adding, what happened between the two was consensual and as such was unable to convict the accused person.

In all prosecution had called four witnesses to make their case whilst defence called two witnesses.

Prosecuting, Detective Inspector Judith B. Asante told the Court that Comfort Sam is the complainant and mother of the victim. The victim is Janet Amoakwah a nursing mother.

Prosecution said the accused person and the victim reside at Ablekuma, where they are tenants within the same compound.

On January 25, last year at about 1800 hours, Queenie sent the victim’s younger sister, a witness in the case to go and call the victim which the witness obliged.

Detective Inspector Asante said when the victim arrived Queenie offered her a Vodka beer and other varieties of drinks after which the victim got intoxicated. Queenie then lured her into her bedroom.

The prosecution said Queenie asked other witnesses around to leave and she locked her bedroom.

Detective Inspector Asante said a 13-year-old who is a witness went to peep through the window of the accused and saw Queenie inserting the artificial penis into the victim’s vagina.

The witness informed the victim’s brother known as Nana Sasu and he also alerted their mother (the complainant).

The Prosecution said the witnesses rushed to the aid of the victim and saw her lying naked in the accused person’s bedroom with vomit all over her.

Prosecution said as the victim was unconscious she was rushed to the hospital after obtaining a medical report form from the Police Station.

The Police proceeded to the scene and apprehended Queenie whilst a search in her room revealed an empty container of Vodka beer, Star Beer bottles, and bottles of Orijin alcoholic beverages.

According to the prosecutor, the artificial penis was found on top of the accused person’s wardrobe and a video recording of the act was on Queenie’s “Infinix@ mobile phone was also discovered.
Prosecution said Queenie in her caution statement to the Police admitted the offence but the court found her not guilty per the charge.

Source: GNA

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