HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCACY CENTRE (HRAC) PRESS RELEASE ISSUED ON 20TH JANUARY, 2011
On the 20th of January, 2011, judgment was given in the case, The Republic v. Nana Kofi Yirenkyi ‘Jesus One Touch’, finding the accused guilty of both charges of Defilement and Incest. He was sentenced to ten (10) years imprisonment on each count to run concurrently.
The Human Rights Advocacy Centre (HRAC) is pleased that a verdict has finally been reached. HRAC has been monitoring the case since its inception and became part of the process as amicus curiae (friend of the court).
The judgment today marks the end of a trial which began on the 9th day of March, 2010. A high profile Pastor, Nana Kofi Yirenkyi, alias, ‘Jesus One Touch’, was arrested when his ten (10) year old daughter accused him of having raped her several times. He however denied both charges of Defilement and Incest.
Justice Georgina Mensa Datsa, in her judgment was satisfied that the prosecution had proved the burden on it beyond all reasonable doubt and had also established that Jesus One Touch raped the victim, his daughter. She said, “I find the victim’s story to be truthful and I am convinced”.
The HRAC heralds this outcome as a positive step in ensuring that the rights of all children are protected in Ghana, and persons who sexually abuse children are punished by our law courts. We believe that this case is an example of the ability of the criminal justice system to punish perpetrators of sexual abuse of children, no matter their age, sex or social affiliation. We hope that this judgment will act as a deterrent for other like minded persons in the community who continue to defile and rape our girls and boys.
The HRAC congratulates the DOVVSU of the Ghana Police Service represented by ASP Sarah, and the Attorney General’s Department, represented by Mrs. Kwawukume, a Chief State Attorney, for a good work done, and urges them to strengthen the protection of girls against defilement.
"The wheels of justice grind slowly but exceedingly fine..."
Nana Oye Lithur
Human Rights Advocacy Center.