Mathematics teacher at Sawla SHS jailed 15 years for forcing his way with a female student

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A Mathematics teacher at Sawla Senior High School(SHS) has landed himself in prison after he was sentenced by a Tamale High Court for forcing his way with an 18-year-old student of the same school.

The Tamale High Court presided over by Mr. Justice Kogyapwah, sentenced the Salwa SHS Mathematics teacher, Ernest Ocloo to 15 years imprisonment in hard labor for his indecent act.

Ernest Ocloo in March 2020 was summarily dismissed after he was caught forcibly having his way with a female student of the school in the Staff Common Room in November 2019 in the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba District of the Savannah Region.

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A seven-member jury found the accused guilty of the offense after more than a year of trial before the court.

According to the facts of the case as presented to the court by the Regional Chief State Attorney Salia Abdul-Quddus, the convict sent another student to call her to meet him in the staff common room and she obliged.

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When they got to the staff common room, the convict instructed that only the Victim should enter and that the other student should go back.

The victim met him sitting on a sofa in the staff common room, and when he invited her to join him on the sofa she refused. The convict then offered the victim Yoghurt and shito but she rejected the gifts. He went ahead to propose love to her which she turned down.

When the victim turned to leave the staff common room, the convict got up and locked the door, held her and started fondling her breast. Even though she resisted, the convict persisted and proceeded to forcibly put her on the floor, undressed her and forcibly perpetrated her. The victim shouted for help but no one heard her.

Because of the force the convict used, the victim could neither stand nor walk amidst excruciating stomach ache. The victim was later taken to her dormitory where her condition deteriorated and she was rushed to Sawla hospital. She was on admission for two days

Though the unnamed victim in her caution statement to the police corroborated reports she was raped as claimed by the authorities of the school but the suspect who disagreed said they had consensual sex when she passed out as a result of the excitement.


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