On Wednesday, the daughter of the NDC’s beleaguered Central Regional Communications Officer, Emmanuel Kwesi Dawood, told a Cape Coast Circuit Court about the suffering she went through at the hands of her father.
Dawood, who was John Mahama’s Central Region election 2020 agent, pleaded not guilty to defilement, incest, illegal abortion, and assault on Wednesday, October 13, and was remanded in police custody by the Court presided over by Dorinda Smith Arthur, but managed to secure bail at a higher Court last Thursday.
The victim identified the accused as his biological father, who had multiple consistent sexual encounters with her, during cross-examination by the accused’s lawyer, who requested anonymity on Wednesday.
Her father, she claims, lured her into his matrimonial house in 2019 and told her that he wanted to replace his love for her mother with her because their love could not last.
The girl stated that she denied a proposal to date him, but the accused ignored her and forcibly had sexual intercourse with her in his matrimonial room at Agona-Swedru, revealing that their last sexual activity occurred in June 2021.
“After the deed, my father vowed to transfer me abroad only if I did not tell anybody about the event; if I did, he pledged to make my life a living hell.”
“I got pregnant in 2020,” she explained, “but my father drove me to Atta Mensah, a friend of his, to abort the pregnancy, and I informed the school counsellor about it.”
When the accused learned that she had told the school counsellor, he attacked her and subjected her to severe beatings, according to the girl, but she managed to flee.
The case had been postponed to Tuesday, November 2 to allow for further proceedings.
Mavis Ayitey, the victim’s mother, had reported the accused for allegedly having intercourse with his daughter many times, resulting in a pregnancy, according to the prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Daniel Gazor.
According to the prosecutor, he allegedly called a quack doctor who conducted an abortion on the girl.
According to ASP Gazor, the victim’s mother filed a petition with the Central Regional Police Command alleging that Dawood had been involved in the conduct since the girl was 15 years old.
According to the petition, the victim, who could no longer withstand the anguish of her father’s conduct, confided in her school’s Housemaster, the Prosecutor, on Friday, August 24, 2021.
According to ASP Gazor, the Housemaster then brought the girl’s grandmother to the school and informed her about her ordeal, after which they reported the case to the police.