Crime & Punishment Wed, 31 May 2006

Sodomy: Man, 20, Held

Curious residents who were attracted by unusual screams last Friday rushed to the Kotobabi neighbourhood in Accra to find an agitated woman holding a 20-year-old man by the private part for allegedly sodomising her 13-year-old son.

The bizzare incident attracted dozens of people to the scene, some being viewers who had gathered around television sets watching the international friendly football match between Ghana?s Black Stars and the national team of Turkey.

The Regional Co-ordinator of the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service, ASP Asare Bediako, confirmed the story to the Daily Graphic and said following a delay in the return of her son, after he had picked a sachet of iced water to sell to the suspect, the victim?s mother became suspicious.

She therefore stormed a nearby house and caught the suspect, Godsway Senanu, aka Eli, ?with his pants down?.

He said the agitated mother held the suspect by the private parts while screaming for assistance, which came from some residents and led to Godsway?s arrest.

ASP Bediako said at about 7.30 p.m. last Friday, May 26, 2006, the suspect took advantage of the quiet atmosphere created when most people in the area were watching the friendly international football match on television to invite the boy to the house.


He said the victim's mother had all along suspected that something fishy was going on between the two and said it had occurred on about six previous occasions.

He said in his caution statement to the police, the suspect denied the accusation.

A medical report from the Mamobi Polyclinic, which was made available to the Daily Graphic said the victim?s anal cavity had been smeared with Vaseline, although his sphincter tone looked normal.

The report diagnosed the victim as having been sexually assaulted (sodomised) and psychologically traumatised.

Both victim and suspect have been counselled by DOVVSU and the suspect will appear before court today.

Source: Graphic