Friday, 26 February 2016
Woman accused of raping woman with artificial penis
A 26-year-old woman, Queeny Akuffo, who has been charged with raping another woman, has told the Accra circuit court that she was not in a lesbian relationship with the alleged victim prior to the incident in question.
The 22-year-old victim told the court on Wednesday that she carried out chores for the accused and on the day that the incident occurred Akuffo told her to make dinner,.
She is said to have drugged the complainant and raped her with an artificial penis, otherwise called a dildo.
At Wednesday’s hearing, counsel for the accused Andrews Kudzo Vortia suggested that the victim was fully aware of what to expect when she heeded to the accused’s call.
“The victim had fore knowledge of what would transpire at the house and thus could not say that she was raped by the victim,” he said.
In response, the victim informed the court that she went to the house of the accused because she normally helped with her house chores, not because she had homosexual desires.
She admitted however that she accepted a drink that was offered to her by the accused because she did not think it would lead to anything bad.
The case was then adjourned to March 15, 2016 for the continuation of the cross-examinations.
The courtroom was filled to the brim with sympathisers of both the accused and the alleged victim.
At a previous court sitting on February 12, 2016, Queeny’s supporters attacked journalists for taking pictures of her.
The facts of the case are that on January 25, 2016, the victim was on her way to buy food for her son when Queeny ordered her to meet her needs.
According to the prosecution, the victim quickly went home to attend to her son before she honoured the invitation.
When she entered Queeny’s house, she was ushered into the sitting room where Queeny offered her a glass of vodka, which she declined.
However, Queeny convinced her to take it, apparently convincing her that vodka is non-alcoholic.
After she had taken the drink, the victim realised she was becoming tipsy but Queeny assured her it was normal.
“Immediately I woke up, my mother informed me that we will go to the hospital and the police station,” the complainant said.
“It was later that I was told that Queeny drugged and raped me with an artificial penis and also videoed it.”
Earlier in the case, an unnamed 14-year-old boy described how he had seen Queeny and the victim drinking together and later saw Queeny dragging the victim, who was in a wobbly state, into her bedroom.
The parents of the victim went to Queeny’s house and found her taking a video coverage with her mobile phone, while inserting the prosthesis into the private parts of their daughter.
The parents, who found their daughter in an unconscious state, took her to the police station to file a complaint that their daughter had been poisoned.
Queeny has plead not guilty to one count of rape and is currently free on bail.
While male homosexuality is illegal in Ghana, lesbianianism is not covered by the law, meaning that sexual relations between females is in a legal grey area.