Randy Nana Okyere, popularly known as Nana Yaw, was unanimously found guilty of having unnatural carnal knowledge of 24-year-old Isaac Naah Adesa by a seven-member jury in a one-and-a-half-year trial.
The convict was charged with unnatural carnal knowledge to which he pleaded not guilty. In the course of the trial, Nana Yaw jumped bail and his mother and a family member who had stood surety for him, were arrested and had to spend some days behind bars for failing to produce him.
However, the police managed to arrest him in the Brong Ahafo Region and he was remanded by the court which also revoked the earlier bail granted him.
Due to Nana Yaw’s misconduct, his counsel, Mr David P.K. Nyanudor, declined to continue to represent him in the case which had then reached the addresses stage. Prior to the sentence, he wept and pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy, as he was an asthmatic patient.
According to the facts of the case, on March 29, 2010, Adesa visited a man, Nana Kwasi in Koforidua to collect his bag. The victim was to wait for his friend at Nana Yaw’s shop at Srodae, a suburb of Koforidua. The friend, however, did not show up. Nana Yaw then asked Adesa t ogo with him to his house to sleep, since it was late for Adesa to return to Accra, a suggestion which the victim agreed to.
On the way to Nana Yaw’s house, also at Srodae, he offered to buy the victim kenkey and soup for dinner. The victim initially declined to eat the food but later agreed to eat it. After he had finished eating the first ball of kenkey, Adesa started feeling drowsy and Nana Yaw lifted him and placed him on his bed and started to remove his pair of trousers.
The court, presided over by Justice Henry A. Kwofie, was told that the weak victim heard the convict increasing the volume of his television set and jumped on him on the bed and started to have anal sex with him.
The victim passed out and did not see anything again until he recovered at the Eastern Regional Hospital. He later realised that it was Nana Yaw who had rushed him to the hospital.
After the victim was discharged, he approached Nana Yaw to pay his medical bills but Nana Yaw declined to do. In order to pay off his medical bills at the hospital, Adesa went to Nana Yaw’s house and seized his television set and a suitcase to compel him to pay the bills.
Nana Yaw rather reported to the police that the victim had stolen his television set and a suitcase and the police arrested the victim. Adesa then narrated the ordeal that he had suffered at the hands of the convict to the police. Nana Yaw admitted to having anal sex with the victim.
Nana Yaw was then charged and arraigned before court.
Source: Daily Graphic/Ghana