By Prince Paul Amuzu:
A 27-year-old man, Teye Prince together with two others are in the grips of the Somanya police for allegedly circulating sexually explicit videos and pictures of himself and a young woman (name withheld) with whom he engaged in a sexual act.
The three who were picked up last Sunday following a report filed by the girl’s parents, are currently enjoying some air of freedom following bail conditions which were granted them on Tuesday. This followed their first appearance before a Manya Krobo Circuit Court on Tuesday to answer charges of ‘intentionally and unlawfully publishing obscene pictures’ of the complainant.
The three have however pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Briefing the court on the circumstances that led to the circulation of the said video, D/CPL Francis Kofi Boahene told the court that the complainant in the case is a 20-year-old student resident at Salosi, a suburb of Somanya.
According to D/CPL Boahene, the first accused, Prince Teye is a 27-year-old trader and boyfriend to the complainant while the second and third accused were Bismark Amuzu, 19 and Lawer Raphael also 19, a Sim card vendor and student respectively, all resident at Somanya.
He continued that during the month of February 2017, Prince and the complainant had sexual intercourse in Prince‘s room and in the process, Prince took photographs and a video recording of the act. The complaint who agreed to Prince taking the pictures, however warned him not to disclose its contents to anybody else.
D/CPL Boahene continued that sometime later, the complaint was at home when her cousin and his friend who are both witnesses in this case, brought her the naked pictures that Prince took and told her that they saw same on Facebook.
The complaint on hearing this confronted Prince who told her that he mistakenly sent the photographs to Bismark. A report was subsequently made to the police and the accused persons were arrested for investigation.
Prince, during investigations told police that he mistakenly sent the pictures to Bismark who also told police that when the pictures were sent, the phone was with Raphael but when the phone was brought to him he saved the pictures in his Apps lock.
Raphael, in his statement also told police that the pictures came to the phone at 11: 30pm but he gave the phone to Bismark the next morning.
After investigation, accused persons were charged with the offences and subsequently arraigned before the court.
The case has however been adjourned to the 23rd of May, 2017 following a Gh c 45 000 bail grant to each of the accused persons with two sureties each.