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“After taking 4 shots of Alomo bitters, I could not tell if I had sex with my daughter or not,”- 31 year old accused tells court

A father who is alleged to have committed incest, has told an Accra Circuit Court that after drinking four sachets of ‘alomo’ bitters, an alcoholic beverage, he could not tell whether or not he had sex with his 12-year-old daughter.

Joseph Kodua, a 31-year-old security man, said this when he opened his defence in a matter in which he was accused of defiling his 12-year-old daughter at Agbogba, in Accra.

Chief Inspector Judith B. Asante, the prosecutor told the court that the complainant is a 50-year-old trader residing at Madina whiles the victim is a class four pupil and a niece to the complainant.

The court, presided over by Mrs Christina Cann, earlier ruled that a prima facie case be made against him on the charge of defilement and incest.

The court, however, acquitted and discharged him on the charge of threat of death.
This was after the prosecution had called three witnesses to make their case.

The court held that the prosecution could not prove the essential ingredients in the charge of threat of death but ruled that, on the charges of defilement and incest, prosecution had established a case, hence the defence.

Kodua, under cross-examination, denied having sex with the victim, adding that he had been drinking.

He further explained that he was sad after his sister had accused him of sleeping with his daughter, and that because of the accusation he got drunk after taking four sachets of ‘Alomo’ bitters.

Kodua disagreed with prosecution’s assertion that in his statement to the Police he had stated that because his sisters had accused him of sleeping with his daughter, he decided to have sex with her.

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