A military man identified as AB1 Abdul-Latif has been apprehended by the Wassa Akropong District police command for allegedly raping 18-year-old Beatrice Mensah, while on an anti galamsey operation.
The victim according to police report, along with her boyfriend Bismarck Antwi were returning home from a galamsey site located at Yaw Gyimakrom near Hemang in the district when they were approached by two military men, one being the suspect, to show them where the Excavator Machine was operating and escorted both towards a certain galamsey site.
However, along their way to the said site, they encountered another troop of soldiers at the scene and they arrested the boyfriend.
As result, the victim alleged the said suspect AB1 Abdul – Latif took advantage of the situation and lured her into the bush and forcibly had sexual intercourse with her after which he bolted.
The victim coming out of the bush narrated her ordeal to her boyfriend. Subsequently the victim reported what had happened to the detachment Commander of the Team Sgt. Owusu Darkwah Peter, which prompted an identification parade by the commander.
From the identification parade the victim was able to point out her assailant with identification Number 202843 AB1 Abdul – Latif.
Suspect AB1 Abdul – Latif was later sent to the police station by the detachment Commander and he was re-arrested and detained.
The Police upon the account of the victim issued a Police Medical Report Form to her to attend hospital for examination and endorsement.
Subsequent investigation by the Police at the crime scene saw footprint on the ground which suggests that the incident happened at that spot, also a yellow bag which the victim was holding before the incident was found few metres from the spot.
The suspect has been released on police enquiry bail to the detachment Commander as investigations are on-going.