Wife of alleged rapist weeps uncontrollably in court

Accra, The wife of Rabih Haddad, the 39-year-old Lebanese Businessman accused of raping his 19-year-old domestic help, wept uncontrollably in court when the case was adjourned to January 9.

The wife of the accused had her hopes dashed when the Accra High Court adjourned the hearing of the bail application at the instance of the Prosecution because the State Attorney assigned to the matter was indisposed.

The woman, subsequently, broke down at the court drawing sympathy from some of the audience.

The Defence Counsel, Mr Ralph Poku Adusei earlier informed the Court that Haddad’s wife and two kids had been thrown out of their apartment.

According to the Defence Counsel, the wife was expecting the Court to grant her husband bail so he could find the family a good sleeping place.

Mr Adusei drew the Court’s attention to the fact that the matter before it was a human rights crisis, which ought to be heard, adding that the facts of the matter did not support the charge.

The Counsel said the matter could be heard without the presence of the State Attorney since they had filed their affidavit in opposition, which the Court could rely on.

He held that if the State Attorney was not available, someone else should have been assigned to the case, describing the actions of the State as an attempt to delay the processes.

Mrs Marietta Brew Appiah Oppong, a former Attorney General (AG), who was watching brief, informed the Court that she had earlier communicated with the substantive attorney who informed her that she was indisposed.

According to the Former AG, she also spoke to the Attorney General who suggested the matter be adjourned so an attorney could be assigned to handle it.

On December 5, last year, a District Court, in Accra, remanded Haddad into Police custody over a charge of rape.

The State has, however, filed an affidavit in opposition to the bail application.

At the High Court, Mr Justice Justine Kofi Dorgu, the trial judge adjourned the matter to January 9.

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, between 16:00 hours 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.

It 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 who was on duty nearby.

The matter was, therefore, 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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