Ghanaian Teacher shares his ordeal after he was wrongfully jailed 20 years over defilement [VIDEO]
Mr. Bernieh stated in an interview with Nhyiraba Paa Kwesi Simpson, the host of Connect FM’s Omanbapa morning show, that he was hired as a teacher in one of the Junior High Schools in the Greater Accra Region in 2015.
“I was thrilled to have secured the job because I had been unemployed for some time. I was monitoring an examination just one month after starting at the school when some cops arrived to arrest me for no apparent cause. When I arrived at the police station, I was accused of defiling a pupil I had never met. I stared at the girl, who I had never met before because she was not in my class.
“I still didn’t comprehend what was going on, and the matter finally went to court,” he said.
He was paraded before the court and pled not guilty to the accusation of defilement, according to him. He further claims that the lawsuit was postponed multiple times.
“Every time the case is called, the girl in issue does not appear, and I am informed she is receiving surgery. I still had no idea what I had done to the girl to force her to have surgery. In July 2016, I was sentenced to 20 years in prison after a seven-month trial.
I told the judge I was innocent but she did not listen. She only told me to file an appeal. I was sent to Nsawam,” he narrated.
He claims that a private legal practitioner, Martin Kpebu, eventually came to his aid and filed an appeal on his behalf.
He is finally free after months of trial at the high Court.
“The prosecution, then, failed to lead evidence to prove that it was the accused individual who defiled the victim. Given that the prosecution failed to establish that the accused individual had sexual intercourse with the victim, the prosecution failed to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. This basis of appeal is successful. With such failure to show the fundamental components of the violation, it follows that the offense charged against the appellant was not established beyond a reasonable doubt, and he should not have been convicted.
“The result is that the appeal succeeds and same is upheld. I hereby set aside the conviction and ultimately the sentence imposed on the appellant herein. The appellant is accordingly acquitted and discharged,” part of the appeal ruling by her ladyship Justice Mary M.E Nsenkyere (Mrs) indicated.
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