The Wa Circuit Court has taken a decisive step in the case involving a 35-year-old man accused of defiling 12 children in Wa, the Upper West regional capital.
The court has ruled that the accused, Ahmed Rashid, must present his defence starting September 1.
The investigator’s testimony directly implicated Ahmed Rashid, revealing that he had engaged in multiple instances of sexual activity with the minors aged 12 and 13.
After a thorough evaluation of the presented evidence, His Honour Jonathan Avogo, the presiding judge, concluded that the prosecution had successfully established a prima facie case against Rashid.
The judge urged the accused to seek legal representation, highlighting that the court had reached out to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to ensure he received appropriate legal aid.
Apart from the ongoing docket, an additional four dockets comprising 12 counts of defilement and attempted defilement remain pending against Ahmed Rashid.
As the court directs the accused to prepare his defense, this case serves as a stark reminder of the critical role the judicial system plays in safeguarding the rights of minors and ensuring justice prevails.
Source: Citi FM