Nathaniel Chuku the defendant in the case of an alleged sexual molestation of a minor, will have to wait a little longer to open his defence following a decision by the Gender Based Violence Court in Sekondi to adjourn the case to March 9, 2020.
On August 6, 2019, Nathaniel Chuku, a Nigeria national, allegedly lured the 4year old girl – hereafter known as Little Esther – into a shop at the Aben-Bebom market in the Effia-Kwesimintsim Municipaity. The suspect is reported to have tempted the little girl with candies after which he started molesting the girl, forcing the minor into unprintable sexual conducts.
The victim narrated the unfortunate incident to her mother who subsequently reported to the matter to the police at the Kwesimintsim Police Station.
For the first time in a hearing that has had 10 sittings so far, the victim was crossed examined by the defence counsel at an enclosed area in the chambers through a monitoring screen only visible to the defence council and the presiding judge on Tuesday.
In her witness statement, the police prosecutor tendered in her evidence and was subsequently crossed examined by the defence counsel. The prosecutor will at the next hearing, call her last witness to be cross examined by the defence counsel after which the defence counsel will make their case.
Speaking to Skyy News after Tuesday’s proceedings counsel for the accused, Ebow Donkor described the court proceedings as special and interesting.
‘‘It was very interesting when I had to ask the minor some questions which was a bit difficult but with the help of the judge proceedings was successful’’ he told Skyy News in an interview .
Story by: Nana Yaw Kumi/Skyy News