A taxi driver in Ghana has been remanded in court for raping a 90-year-old blind woman several times.
It was gathered that Anto was in the habit of sneaking into the old woman's home at night, to rape her on several occasions.
According to court record, a daughter of the victim, Akua Gyasiwaah, who lives at Obuasi New Estate while the victim lives by herself at Nyamebekyere, both suburbs of Obuasi, revealed that sometime 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.
Based on this friendship, Anto started visiting the victim occasionally after work but, according to Gyasiwaah, her mother that she had not been sleeping well as someone had been entering her room and been forcibly sleeping with her.
Consequent upon this, Gyasiwaah decided to spend the night with her mother at her place, to see what would happen and true to what her mother had been telling her, 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 told the court that 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.
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.
A medical examination conducted on the victim showed that she had been raped and even infected with syphilis.
However, when the charges were read to the suspect, he pleaded not guilty and the court president, Justice Charles Adjei Wilson, ordered that he be remanded in prison custody while adjourning till a further date for hearing.