By Joyce Danso, GNA
Accra, Jan. 5, GNA - Five persons who have been accused of inserting their fingers into the private part of a 15-year-old girl and one of them having sex with her at Osu, have pleaded not guilty to charges preferred against them.
The five who have been variously charged with indecent assault, child pornography and defilement, appeared before the court presided over by Mrs Abena Oppong Adjin-Doku for the second time.
The court has however fixed January 26 to hear the matter. Mr Jerry Avernorgbor, an Attorney represented them when the case was called court on Friday.
The five including an 18-year old Senior High School student and four Junior High School students’ ages between 16 and 17 (juveniles) kissed and fondled the victim and also took video shots and posted same on social media.
The victim’s uncle however saw the video that went viral and confronted the victim.
The act comes after a similar incident at Bantama in Kumasi.
The accused person and the four juveniles were admitted to bail in the sum of GH¢10,000.00 with a surety each when they made their maiden appearance at the court without a counsel.
The court therefore advised parents of the teenagers to get legal representation in the matter.
The facts as presented by Prosecution led by Chief Inspector Kofi Atimbire was that the victim, a student resides at Osu with her mother.
On August 21, this year, at about 19:00 hours the victim decided to take a stroll to the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Osu where she met one of the juveniles who was also in the company of the 18 year old accused.
The accused and one of the juveniles engaged the victim in a conversation and later the three other juveniles joined them.
Prosecution said the 18 year-old Senior High student and his accomplices lured the victim to a dark spot near Osu Salem Junior High School and they took turns to fondle her breast, inserted their finger into her vagina.
Prosecution said the victim resisted but the other juveniles pinned her down whilst others continue to kiss and fondle her breast.
In her bid to shout for help they gagged her and one of them used his mobile phone to take video shots of the act.
After the act, one of the juveniles aged 16 asked the victim to allow him have sex with her or else all the five would take turns to have sexual intercourse with her.
Prosecution said after the 16 year old juvenile has had sex with the victim, he pulled out a knife and threatened her not to inform anyone.
After the act, the victim and the accused departed.
Prosecution said on September 15, last year, that the victim’s uncle received the video on whatsapp and when the victim was quizzed she narrated her ordeal.
A report was made to the Police at Osu and medical report form was issued to the victim to seek medical attention.
The prosecution said investigation led to the arrest of the 18 year accused and the four juvenile accomplices.