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Outrage as Ghanaian Teacher Wrongfully jailed for 13 Years for raping Student is awarded GHC45,000

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Eric Asante jailed for raping Student found Innocent after spending 13 Years in Jail | BellaNaija

A Ghanaian teacher Eric Asante, was in 2005 sentenced to jail for 15 years after he was found guilty of raping and impregnating his then 14-year-old student.

The student had claimed the teacher was her lover, and on several occasions had had sexual relations with her, a claim he consistently denied throughout the trial.

Asante, after spending 13 of his 15 years behind bars, has been found innocent.

According to Graphic, Asante had in 2012 filed an appeal with the Supreme Court, asking for a leave to file a notice of appeal against his conviction.

The leave had been followed by an application for a DNA test, which was granted and proved that a son said to be the fruit of the rape wasn’t his.

According to GhanaWeb, the Ghanaian Supreme Court awarded Asante GHC45,000 in damages for wrongful conviction.

The Supreme Court also ordered the state to pay him his 13 years salary.

Although he had sued for GHC7.3 million, citing a loss of income, psychological trauma, and mental disorder, the court ruled that he failed to prove that he suffered any mental or emotional disorder while incarcerated.

Twitter users are criticizing the Supreme Court, saying Asante deserves a lot more, as his life was unjustly destroyed by the conviction.

See some of the tweets below:

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18 Comments

  1. Puzzles

    June 4, 2018 at 11:44 am

    I am very disappointed that this post has generated no comment.

  2. Puzzles

    June 4, 2018 at 11:49 am

    What happens to the evil girl who at 14 (!) lied against an innocent man who was put in prison for 13 years during which he could have married and have children of his own? The girl is EVIL!!! Girls like this do a great disservice for genuine victims of sexual assault. She should be punished!

    “the court ruled that he failed to prove that he suffered any mental or emotional disorder while incarcerated.” The Judge is a Joker!!! An innocent man in prison for 13 years!!!!

  3. Anonymous

    June 4, 2018 at 11:56 am

    We waiting for the feminists to comment

    • Lola

      June 4, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      I wish you really understood what feminists stand for.

      A true feminist will be as upset about this story as anyone else, maybe even more, because the silly girl who lied and allowed someone else waste 13 years doesn’t do the “justice for rape victims” cause any favors.

    • CrazyWorld

      June 4, 2018 at 4:42 pm

      Maybe you should blame your fellow feminists for mixing up the ‘true meaning of feminism’. Feminism is not for equal opportunity no matter how you paint it. It tilts towards women being treated better (which isn’t bad) but just know it’s not about equal opportunity.

      This will hunt the man for the rest of his life because some people will never hear this part where he was released because of his innocence. I know many men are guilty but this is why you just don’t label a man just because a woman accused him. Let her prove it if she wants justice.

    • Abi

      June 4, 2018 at 7:16 pm

      Ode! Sleep there waiting. Someone has suffered a gross injustice and will struggle most of what is left of his life to find meaning and rebuild his reputation, and all you seem to care about is polishing your dysfunctional testicles in your imaginary battle of the sexes. Go and sit down my friend!

  4. Hmm

    June 4, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Shame on Ghanian Judicial System, if lawyers could be caught out receiving bribe and watching porn whilst at work, what degradation on human live do you expect?

  5. Olori

    June 4, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Only N3.4 million Naira? Jesus Christ.

  6. Tony

    June 4, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    As another forumite said this case is painful. I can’t imagine the pain, he may have died in prison and has the girl been sentenced to life for false accusation/defamation?
    Crucial topics like this hardly get traction on this blog and others. If it’s nude photos, or gutter talk the comments come flooding. Hahahah the future is bright.
    In all this poverty is bad, if this teacher was from an influential family he may not have gone to jail or will now be paid millions but here we are.

  7. agyemang

    June 4, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    This is disgusting… that young lady should be incarcerated. How can you do that to a human being. What wickedness.. Ghanaian judicial system is a joke… What a shame.

  8. Joke

    June 4, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Let me say that I don’t know about Ghanaian jails, but the Nigerian ones are pure evil and I don’t think the Ghanaian can’t be better. The torture, trauma, etc that goes on there is beyond belief. I’ve heard the insert brooms in men’s penises to torture them. Event Western jails with all their rapes can be said to be better if there’s such a thing. The Judge must be thinking he doesn’t want him to receive much money and turn into a “big man.” The judge’s ability to give sound rulings, should be checked. The girl should be put in jail as a lesson to other wayward girls who do these kinds of things to cover their wayward ways. However, I believe she must be from a well to do family that’s why the teacher got jailed in the first place, so she will get away with it. Her name should be publicized so she gets the shame she deserves.

  9. John

    June 4, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    And femtards wants the society to believe anything that comes out of a woman mouth just bcos she is a female in the name of #metoo or #timesup

    God forbid

    Look what an evil 14 yr old did, then just imagine what an adult female is capable of doing

    I Pity the young man …his life and career ruined and to add insult just 45000cedis bcos he can’t prove how psychological damaged he was.

    That one is Africa for you

    Personally, I will hunt that girl and finish her off along with her family then kill myself

    • Uberhaute Looks

      June 4, 2018 at 4:13 pm

      Ìyen náà dáa (that one sef dey at your last paragraph)

    • Abi

      June 4, 2018 at 7:18 pm

      High five jare ???

  10. Obi

    June 4, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Did the Supreme Court prove him innocent of rape? Not being the biological father of the child does not absolve him of the crime .the judgement is ambiguous.

    • Cyn

      June 5, 2018 at 4:38 am

      #Gbam!

  11. Dayo

    June 4, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    I feel really terrible for the dude. My feeling is almost always that it is better to set 10 factually guilty persons free than to convict 1 factually innocent person.

    Nonetheless, it would be interesting to learn more details about the case itself and the court’s reasons for convicting him (ideally a transcript of the proceedings, including witness testimonies). I say this, because it is possible that he is factually guilty of rape (or statutory rape) even if the baby is not his. DNA cannot by itself exonerate someone from a rape charge.

    • Moitelkel

      June 5, 2018 at 9:05 am

      U should read till the end, the girl later confessed To lie

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