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80-year-old Presbyter jailed 7 years for defilement

Mr. Patrick Komla Agordzo, the 80-year-old Presbyter of the EP church arrested for defiling a 15-year-old girl at Peki Dzake in the South Dayi district of the Volta region, has been sentenced to 7 years imprisonment.

The old man, popularly known as Togbe Agordzo pleaded guilty to the crime of having carnal knowledge of a minor during his first appearance before the circuit court in Kpando last Friday, May 6, and was consequently convicted by the presiding judge, Emmanuel Agyir on the same day.

The judge, in his ruling cited the old age of the Presbyter as a reason for slapping the minimum jail term of 7 years on him, which he has begun serving at the Kpando prisons.

Background

The suspect now turned convict, was arrested on Monday, May 1 this year for allegedly having sex with the victim in his room, when she was sent on an errand by her grandmother on Sunday April 17.

His arrest came after Starr News’ Lambert Atsivor alerted the Peki district Police command about the nefarious act of Togbe Agordzo against the 15-year-old primary pupil, which her family wanted to settle at home.

The victim in an earlier interview with Starr News also revealed that the presbyter had abused her sexually in at least three occasions under death threats.

Meanwhile, the victim’s mother has expressed joy at the swift nature in which justice was dispensed by the court.

She told Atsivor amid tons of gratitude that “we didn’t know the court could finish with the case on the same day, so it came as a surprise when the judge pronounced 7 years jail sentence on him.”

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