A 38 year old Eunice Boateng, the lady behind the false accusation of defilement case against Arthur Paes, an expatriate and owner of the African Royal Beach Hotel at Nungua was on Tuesday 12th February 2013 granted GHc 5000.00 bail of reappearing on 12th March 2013 with two sureties.
Eunice Boateng who is now facing two (2) counts on possessing forged documents contrary to section 166 of Criminal and other offences Act of 19/60 (Act 29) and deceit of public officer contrary to section 251 of Criminal and other offences Act of 19/60, pleaded not guilty to all the two counts when she appeared before Accra Circuit Court.
Reading the brief fact of the case, the Prosecutor ASP Celina Acquah noted that accused Eunice Boateng, aged 38 is a business woman and guardian to Georgina Donkor a victim and lives at Nungua, Accra.
She indicated that on 23/12/2010 at 4:30 pm, the accused accompanied the victim to DOVVSU/AR and reported a defilement case against an expatriate, one Arthur Paes owner of African Royal Beach Hotel at Nungua, Accra.
The accused gave victim's age as 15 whilst victim gave her age as 16 and this prompted the Investigator to request for the Birth Certificate of the victim since she and the accused gave conflicting ages in their statements but the accused failed to produce the Birth Certificate.
The case docket according to the prosecutor, was then forwarded to the Attorney General's Department for study and advice on 23/06/2011.
She said whilst the complainant was waiting for the advice from the Attorney General's Department, the accused on 29/02/2012 produced a Birth Certificate bearing the name of the victim Georgina Donkor with an entry number 5545 registered on 20th December 2010 issued on 23rd December 2010, the very date she accompanied victim to lodge her complaint.
She explained further that the Birth Certificate showed the date of birth of the victim as 10th October, 1994 but when the Birth Certificate was sent to the Registrar of Births and Deaths to ascertain the authenticity of it, the result indicated that the said Birth Certificate purported to have been issued at 37 Military Hospital Registry is a forged one and that the entry number 5545 is for one Florence Aboaggye and not for Georgina Donkor the victim.
In addition, the records obtained from victim Georgina Donkor's Ghanaian passport number H0962148 issued on 20th September 2002 showed her date of birth as 10th October 1991 which was confirmed by the Passport office to be genuine.
The Prosecutor continued to tell the court that investigations were extended to Victory International Junior Secondary School at Avoeme-Aflao in the Volta Region where victim had her basic education.
The school records and that of her Junior High School Certificate showed her date of birth as 10th October 1991 and not 10th October 1994 as stated on the Birth Certificate produced by the accused.
It was also revealed that the victim in her initial statement to the Police stated that she was born at Mankessim in the Central Region, however the accused claimed she was born at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra raising more doubts about the authenticity of the Birth Certificate.
According to the brief sheet of the Investigator, all the documents were then forwarded to the Attorney-General's Department to add to the docket for the study and advice.
On 15/10/2012, an advice was received from the Attorney General's Department signed by Dufie Prempeh, Assistant State Attorney indicating that it is highly conspicuous from the evidence gathered so far that there are lots of inconsistencies in the story of the victim and the accused.
It added that the age of the victim given by the accused, the forged Birth Certificate and the basic school certificate showed that her claim of defilement is not to be believed and that the facts do not add up to sustain a charge of defilement against Arthur Paes and for that matter the charge be dropped.
The advice from the Attorney General's Department also added that the accused person should rather be charged for the offence stated above as she is the person behind the fabrication of the story and the forged document as well as statement given to the Police which she knew at the time of giving it to be false.
The investigator recounted in his brief that the accused was then arrested and during interrogation she stated among other things that the Birth Certificate of the complainant was prepared for her by someone.
The accused declined to mention his name at the 37 Military Hospital Registry and stated that she will only produce the person in court as her witness but she never did when she appeared before the court yesterday.
The Lawyer for the accused Louis Kudjo then pleaded for bail on behalf of his client saying the accused happens to be a married woman with children and keeping her in custody will have untoward hardship on her family.
The Judge Sedina Agbamava later granted the accused bail of GHc 5000.00 with two sureties and to reappear on 12th March 2013.