An Accra Criminal High Court has granted bail to Rabih Haddad, the Lebanese national standing trial for allegedly raping his 19-year-old house help.
The court presided over by Justice Kofi Dorgu granted Haddad bail in the sum of GH₵ 500, 000 with two sureties.
According to the Judge the prosecution could not prove beyond doubt why the accused should not be granted d bail because the accused has lived in the country for the past 10 years with no criminal record.
The court however ordered the accused to submit his passport to the court registry.
The bail follows an application filed by Ralph Poku Adusei lawyer of the accused after an Accra Central District Court had refused them bail on grounds of jurisdiction.
The court last Monday, deferred hearing of the motion expected to give Haddad some respite after weeks of being in police grips to the following, a situation that moved the wife of Haddad to tears because the court had refused hear the bail application.
Prosecuting, Superintendent of Police Kweku Bempah informed the court that the matter was under investigations and awaiting DNA test to prove the case of rape or otherwise.
Supt. Bempah prayed the court to remand him into Police cells near the Police Hospital.
The facts as narrated by the Prosecution was that the victim is a 19-year-old Togolese who was engaged as a domestic house help in the house of Haddad.
Supt. Bempah said the Haddad is a Lebanese resident at Airport Hills, Accra.
Prosecution said in the month of November, this year, the victim was employed by the accused as a house help and he was in the boys’ quarter of the house with another house help.
The prosecutor said ever since the victim moved to the house the accused had persistently harassed the victim and insisted to have sexual intercourse with her anytime occupants including Haddad’s wife were not in the house.
Supt. Bempah said on November 30, this year, in the afternoon Haddad lured the victim into one of the rooms upstairs of the house and had sex with her after all the occupants in the house had left.
Prosecution said the victim reported the incident to a co-worker in the house but both kept the incident to themselves for the fear of losing their jobs.
On December 2, this year, between 4:00pm to 5:00pm when Haddad’s wife and kids had gone out, Haddad requested for coffee from the victim.
The victim then proceeded to the kitchen to prepare the coffee and Haddad approached the victim and demanded sex from her.
Prosecution said the victim resisted and that infuriated Haddad who slapped her on the face and held her neck and dragged her into the master bedroom.
According to prosecution Haddad stripped her naked and had sex with her on the bed.
Soon after the act, Prosecution said the accused person warned her not inform anyone in the house and he took his bath and left the house in his car.
Prosecution said victim for the second time reported her ordeal to the co-worker who in turn passed the information to a Police officer who was on duty nearby.
The matter was therefore reported at the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) at Airport upon which Haddad was arrested.
By: Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson/ thePublisher