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Teacher wrongfully jailed 20 years over defilement freed

The Accra High Court has acquitted Maxwell Bernieh, a teacher who was wrongly convicted for defilement in 2016.

The judgment comes after Mr. Bernieh had already spent six years of a 20-year jail sentence for a crime he did not commit.

Narrating his ordeal in an interview with Nhyiraba Paa Kwesi Simpson, the host of Connect FM’s Omanbapa morning show, Mr. Bernieh indicated that in 2015, he was employed as a teacher in one of the Junior High Schools in the Greater Accra Region.

“I was excited to have secured the job because I had been unemployed for some time. Just one month after being in the school, I was supervising an examination when some officers came to arrest me for no reason. I got to the Police station and I was accused of defiling a student I do not even know. I looked into the face of the girl and I had not even met her before because she was not in my class. I still did not understand what was happening and the case eventually proceeded to court,” he indicated.

According to him, he was paraded before the court and pleaded not guilty to the charge of defilement. He adds that the case was adjourned on several occasions.

“Anytime the case is called, the girl in question will not show up and I will be told she is undergoing an operation. I still did not know what I had done to the girl that is making her go through an operation. After about seven months of trial, I was sentenced to 20 years in July 2016. I told the judge I was innocent but she did not listen. She only told me to file an appeal. I was sent to Nsawam,” he narrated.

 

Source: TV3 Ghana

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