A Bolgatanga Circuit Court has remanded a farmer and self-described spiritualist for allegedly defiling a 15-year-old schoolgirl. Mohammed Adam, 50, of Yendi in the Northern Region, the accused, is accused of having sex with the girl while pretending to give her abilities and exorcize her after persuading the victim that she was being tormented spiritually. The accused will return to court on July 5, 2022, having entered a not guilty plea to the accusation of defilment.
Alhaji Shaibu Sulemana, a contractor who filed the complaint, and his wife, who is the older sister of the victim’s mother, reside in Bolgatanga, according to Inspector Mariam Awemoni. According to the report, the defendant lived in Bolgatanga and intended to visit the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital for medical care.
Inspector Mariam Awemoni testified before the court, which was presided over by Mr. Alexander Graham, that the accused and victim met on June 16 of this year at the Anglican Primary School in Pobaga, a Bolgatanga neighborhood. According to the prosecution, the defendant allegedly told the girl that she had been the victim of a spell, that she would face impossibly difficult challenges, and that her education was in danger of being wrecked. According to Insp. Awemoni, the defendant claimed to have the power to expel the girl’s evil spirit. According to the prosecution, the victim supplied the accused the auntie’s cell phone number after he asked to get in touch with a close member of the victim.
According to Inspector Awemoni, the accused phoned the auntie and persuaded her that he could address the girl’s spiritual issues. The girl was given permission by the auntie to visit the accused’s home for spiritual support, the court was told. When the victim entered a home, a woman who was reportedly the landlord’s wife brought her to the accused’s room, according to Inspector Awemoni. The victim was requested to purchase goods for the sacrifice after the spiritualist announced that certain sacrifices will be made. As he prepared to send the victim’s evil spirit out in his room, the accused persuaded the woman to leave, according to the court administrator. “Accused forcibly had sexual intercourse with the girl and produced concoctions for the victim to be used for bathing and drinking, prosecution,” Inspector Awemoni said during the process.
According to the prosecution, the victim told the complainant about her experience, and the complainant then filed an official complaint with the Upper East Regional Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit.