A bursar of an unnamed school in Ghana identified as Mr Charles Twumasi, who was wrongly imprisoned for defiling a 12-year girl pupil of the school where he works has finally been acquitted after a court unanimously ruled in his favour when the case was appealed by his lawyer.
The court cleared Mr Twumasi, saying there’s no evidence that linked him to the crime that was committed 7-years ago, saying those in charge of his conviction distorted evidence to jail him.
“We, therefore, set aside the conviction by the trial circuit court, as affirmed by the High Court, on the grounds that the conviction was unreasonable and, furthermore, it is not supported, having regard to evidence on record.
“The appellant (Twumasi) is hereby acquitted and discharged and should be released from prison forthwith,” the Court of Appeal ordered.
Graphic Online reports that Twumasi was accused of defiling the 12-year-old girl in September 2012 when she went to pay her feeding fee at the school’s accounts office.
He was on remand and in prison for seven years until he was discharged and acquitted on February 13, this year in a judgment read by Mr Justice Dennis Adjei, who presided over the Court of Appeal panel, with Justices Cecelia Sowah and Amadu Tanko as members.
Twumasi’s lawyer, who argued for his acquittal, is Mr Saani Mahmoud Abdul–Rasheed of the Legal Aid Scheme, while the state was represented by Ms Sefako Batse, a Principal State Attorney.
The crime has now been linked to a teacher called Nash who banged the innocent girl in June 2012.