A taxi driver and resident of Kokoteasua, a suburb of Obuasi, is standing trial at a Kumasi High Court for raping a 90-year-old blind woman.
Peter Kwaku Anto is alleged to have sneaked into the room of the old lady, who was staying alone, at night to commit the crime.
He pleaded not guilty to the rape charge preferred against him and the court, presided over by Justice Charles Adjei Wilson, remanded him into prison custody.
According to the facts presented to the court at this year’s Criminal Assizes currently ongoing in Kumasi by the Assistant State Attorney, Nana Konadu Owusu Banahene, the complainant in the case, Akua Gyasiwaah, is the daughter of the victim and lives at Obuasi New Estate, while the victim lives by herself at Nyamebekyere, both suburbs of Obuasi.
She said somewhere in 2014, Anto assisted the victim to retrieve her National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Card from the Obuasi office of the scheme and the two became friends.
Nana Banahene said based on this friendship, Anto started visiting the victim occasionally after work. However, she said the victim started complaining to Gyasiwaah that she had not been sleeping well as someone had been entering her room and been forcibly sleeping with her.
Consequently, she said on June 18, 2015, the complainant decided to spend the night with the victim at her place at Nyamebekyere.
According to the prosecution, while they were asleep, Anto forcibly pushed the door opened and entered the room and Gyasiwaah quickly woke up and started shouting ‘thief, thief, thief’.
The prosecution said Anto responded by saying that he was not a thief but had only brought the victim’s NHIS card to her.
However, he was unable to produce the card. Nana Banahene explained that it was during the interrogation that the victim heard the accused person’s voice and identified him to be the one who had been sneaking into the room to rape her.
Anto was arrested the following day at a family gathering where he had brought some elders to plead on his behalf.
According to the prosecution, a medical examination conducted on the victim showed rape and syphilis. The victim was thus put on medication.
Counsel for Anto, Rev. Sam Gaborah, disagreed with the prosecution. He said the facts were one way and mere allegations and that at the appropriate time, the defence would also tell its story and present its facts