Former AG Marietta Brew to defend victim in Lebanese sexual assault case

Former AG Marietta Brew to defend victim in Lebanese sexual assault case

- The Former AG has said she is keenly following the investigation into the assault case and is determined to get justice for the victim

- She commended the police unit for taking up the investigation quickly

- The suspect in the assault case is already in police custody

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Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, the former Attorney General, will be the legal counsel for the 19-year-old girl that was sexually assaulted by her Lebanese employer.

Former attorney general

Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong

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Mrs. Appiah-Oppong has said she is very interested in the case and has been following the matter since it came to light, adding she is determined to see that justice is served.

In a report by Citifmonline.com, the former AG expressed satisfaction with the progression of the case, stating she is hopeful the police investigations will yield some results soon.

We are fortunate to have caught this one early so that the investigation can be done properly. Very often, by the time we become aware of a situation like this, time has elapsed, evidence is lost and it becomes very difficult to follow up on it. That is why we are very keen to follow up on this one to make sure that the proper investigation and proper prosecution is also done,” Mrs. Appiah-Oppong stated.

Background

The Lebanese employer of the 19-year-old victim had allegedly assaulted his employee for the fourth time, after his apparent displeasure with the coffee she prepared.

The victim stated her employer had hit her twice, and overpowered her in their struggle before he dragged her to his bedroom to sexually assault her.

Former attorney general

The Lebanese employer being taken into custody. Photo credit: Citifmonline.com

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However when the issue was reported to the Airport Hills Police station, the officer on duty at the time, rather escorted the victim back to her employer’s house, supervised the gathering of her belongings and only ensured that she received her November salary, which was GHC 350.

The victim in her report, further disclosed that whenever the boss’ wife was not home, she was constantly pressured to sleep with him.

Probe into possible 'cover up'

Meanwhile, the Airport Divisional Commander, Isaac Kwadwo Asante has denied that officers from his outfit escorted the victim back to her employer’s residence when the report was initially made.

He said the personnel on duty were currently being questioned, as part of investigations into how the matter was handled when it was first reported.

Speaking to Citi News, the Police commander stated: “From what we heard from the victim and their entries made at the Airport police station, the initial complaint was assault. The issue came here when it was referred to DOVVSU [Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit ] on Sunday in the afternoon. So we made the follow-up and he has been arrested.

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Source: Yen.com.gh

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