Crime & Punishment of 2014-03-26

'I paid Gh¢15 for the sex'

The Finder’s investigations have revealed that Lance Corporal Isaac Kwaako, who is being investigated for rape, has told investigators that he had the consent of the wife of his friend he allegedly raped.

According to our investigations, the suspect told investigators that he gave the victim GH¢20 after the incident.

Lance Corporal Kwaako of the Nungua District Police, who is in police cells accused of raping the wife of another Lance Corporal, from information gathered, has told investigators that the sexual intercourse was of mutual consent and that he gave the victim GH¢15 for transportation after the act.

According to the suspect, the lady, who sells popular local beverage ‘sobolo’, and her husband usually visit him and he also reciprocates the gesture. Confirming the incident, DSP Freeman Tettey, Public Relations Officer of the Accra Regional Police Command, said on Tuesday, March 18 that Lance Corporal Kwaako called the victim to bring him ‘sobolo’ worth Gh¢5 at the Nungua Shell Filling Station.

The suspect is said to have asked the victim to accompany him to the house, where he would pay her the money.

At the house, the suspect is said to have offered the victim a seat in the sitting room and engaged her in a short conversation.

DSP Tettey said the victim told the police that Lance Corporal Kwaako started fondling her but she objected to the act. Consequently, the suspect is said to have grabbed the victim, dragged her to the bedroom and raped her.

The victim told the police that she called for help but to no avail, and after the act, the suspect gave her GH¢15 and told her to deduct the Gh¢5 tor the sobolo’ and use the remaining GH¢15 for transport home.

The victim broke the news to the husband on the dawn of March 19 and the husband reported the incident to the Nungua District Police Command, who forwarded the case to the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Kpeshie Divisional Police Command.

DOVVSU detained Lance Corporal Kwaako at the Teshie Police Station for investigations. Police are waiting for medical report to continue with investigations.

The Finder’s investigation indicates that the suspect is a close friend of the victim’s husband (name with¬held), who also happens to be a Police Lance Corporal.

The investigations also revealed that the victim is a married woman with one child while the suspect, on the other hand, is said to have been recently married and has no child yet.

The two Lance Corporals have been close friends for some time now and both live in separate rented apartments at Nungua.

The suspect, the victim and her husband are all said to be in their 20s