A 22-year-old physically challenged man is in the custody of the Winneba District Police Command for allegedly raping a student of the Don Bosco Junior High School in Winneba in the Central Region.
The suspect, identified as Stephen Agape Quainton, is said to have allegedly connived with his cousin, Caleb Armah, 19, alias Kwabena Tayi, to commit the crime.
After Quainton had allegedly raped the 18-year-old girl, Armah, who is a student of the Senya Beraku SHS, is said to have also attempted to rape her but she was rescued before he could do so.
Quainton is said to have gone into hiding after the incident on April 17, 2016 but was arrested about a month later at his hideout by the Winneba District Police Command.
The two suspects are said to be sharing a room at Osakem, a suburb of Winneba, where the incident took place.
Briefing the Daily Graphic, the Winneba District Police Commander, Superintendent of Police Mr Godfrey Tetteh Adjirakor, said the victim (name withheld) had given her faulty mobile phone to Quainton, who sometimes repairs phone, to repair it for her.
He said Quainton charged the the girl GH¢5, which she paid, and asked her to come for the phone the next day.
On the agreed day when the girl went to collect her phone from Quainton about 9 a.m., he told her to come for it in the evening.
Mr Adjirakor said about 8 p.m. when the girl returned to Quainton’s house, Armah told her his cousin was not at home but ushered the girl into the room and asked her to wait for Quainton.
While the girl was waiting, he said, Armah and Quainton entered the room and locked the door, after which they switched off the light and pushed the victim onto a mattress on the floor.
Armah is said to have tied the girl’s hands and covered her mouth with his hands, while Quainton removed her skirt and panties to rape her.
When Armah attempted to have carnal knowledge of her, Mr Adjirakor said, the victim succeeded in pushing him off with her hand which she had managed to untie and started shouting for help.
A tenant in the house (name withheld) who heard the victim’s screams rescued her, after which the victim reported the matter to the police.