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    Soldier jailed 20 years for defiling daughter 

    A military officer with the Ghana Armed Forces, Eric Asare-Mante, has been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment by the Gender Court in the Greater Accra Region for having sexual intercourse with his own daughter.

    35-year-old sergeant Eric Asare- Mante was charged with two counts of defiling a child under 16 years of age and incest.

    The facts of the case state that between the year 2013 and November, 2018 at Burma Camp in the Greater Accra Region, Sergeant Eric Asare- Mante had carnal knowledge of his fifteen year-old biological daughter.

    Sergeant Eric Asare-Mante sexually abused his daughter since she was nine years old, between 2013 and November 2018 when she turned 15.

    His modus operandi included shaving the pubic hairs of his daughter and subsequently having sexual intercourse with her.

    According to the facts of the case as presented by Chief Inspector Kofi Atimbire, the victim is a JHS graduate who between the year 2013 and November, 2018, lived under the same roof with his father sergeant Eric Asare- Mante.

    During that period, her father started having sexual intercourse with her when she was 9 years old anytime he desired under the guise of shaving her pubic hairs and thereafter have sex with her.

    Chief Inspector Atimbere noted that after each sex, the military officer would give his daughter some tablets to take to prevent any pregnancy. He as well threatened to let the victim discontinue her education if she disclosed her ordeal to anyone.

    In November, 2018 Sergeant Eric Asare-Mante had sexual intercourse with the victim and since then, the victim has been resisting him anytime he approached her for sex.

    Per the facts, In July 2019, the victim visited her grandmother after her BECE and confided in her uncle,  Henry Asante, who then informed the complainant, Rosemary Bosu, about victim’s ordeal.

    A complaint was made at the Police Domestic violence and victim support unit  and a medical form was issued for her to send the victim to the hospital for treatment and a report was submitted on her.

    Sergeant Asare-Mante was arrested and charged with the offences.

    Pronouncing her judgement, Her Lordship Rita Doku Abrokwa, expressed disappointment in the Military Officer for conducting himself in such manner.

    He was handed a 10-year sentence for incest and 20-year sentence for defilement, all to run concurrently.

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