Case of alleged rape by Lebanese adjourned to March 29

Accra, The case of Rabih Haddad, the 39-year-old Lebanese businessman allegedly accused of raping his 19-year-old domestic help, was on Wednesday adjourned to March 29 by an Accra District Court.

When sitting resumed today, Inspector George Akumiah who held the brief for Superintendent of Police Kweku Bempah said that the Police are waiting for the Attorney General’s Advice on the case.

The matter was therefore adjourned, by Ms Gloria Laryea, the relieving Judge.

An Accra High Court admitted Haddad who was being held on a charge of rape to bail in the sum of GH 500,000.00 with two sureties.

The facts, as narrated by the Prosecution at the District Court, were that the victim was a 19-year-old Togolese, who was engaged as a domestic house help at the residence of Haddad.

Haddad resides at Airport Hills, Accra.

The Prosecution said in November, last year, the alleged victim was employed by the accused as a house help and she shared the boys’ quarters of the house with another house help.

The Prosecution said ever since the alleged victim moved to the house the accused had persistently harassed her and insisted on having sexual intercourse with her anytime other occupants of the house, including Haddad’s wife, were out of the premises.

The Prosecution said in the afternoon of November 30, last year, Haddad lured the victim into one of the rooms upstairs in the house and had sex with her.

It said the victim reported the incident to a co-worker in the house but they both kept the incident to themselves for the fear of losing their jobs.

On December 2, last year between 16:00 and 17:00 hours when Haddad’s wife and kids had gone out, Haddad reportedly requested for coffee from the alleged victim.

She then proceeded to the kitchen to prepare the coffee when Haddad then approached her and demanded sex from her.

The Prosecution said the victim resisted and this infuriated Haddad, who slapped her on the face and held her neck and dragged her into the master bedroom.

According to the Prosecution, Haddad stripped her naked and had sex with her.

The prosecution said after the act, the accused warned her not to inform anyone and then took his bath and left the house in his car.

The Prosecution said the victim, for the second time, reported her ordeal to a co-worker, who in turn passed the information to a Police Officer on duty nearby.

The matter was reported to the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) at the Airport, upon which Haddad was arrested.

The Prosecution said the victim was issued with a medical report form to seek treatment while a DNA test was to be conducted to confirm true or otherwise the allegation of rape.

Haddad has however denied the offence, the Prosecution said.

Source: Ghana News Agency



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