Twenty-five-year-old Cobbler and ex-convict Yaw Preko and a driver’s mate, Mohammed Adamu were the first two to be arrested and arraigned before an Nkawkaw Magistrates Court.
The two, who have since pleaded for leniency after admitting to the offence of defilement, conspiracy to co commit crime and attempted murder. are expected back in court on April 7, 2017.
A third suspect, Awudu Kamiru, was arrested over the weekend after Adamu led police to his hideout.
Kamiru has been identified by the victim as the one who kicked her down before leading to her attack.
Nkawkaw Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Sarfo Peprah says efforts are underway to arrest two more suspects who are at large. Two other persons said to have taken part in the gang rape have been identified only as Junior and Sarfo.
Apart from the trauma, the girl says some residents in her neighbourhood have been making fun of her.
She tells Nhyira FM’s Ohemeng Tawiah that she has been contemplating suicide as an option.
This means little has been done to improve the poor girl’s situation since that near-death incident.
The Children’s Act recommends that victims like the 14-year-girl should be supported with counselling sessions and shelter.
But this is absent in the Nkawkaw area.
Chief Superintendent Sarfo Peprah admits the absence of probation officers and shelter to accommodate and counsel victims of sexual abuse and other crimes committed against children makes the healing process for victims very difficult.
“Because we have no other alternative [shelter], they still remain where they live and just imagine the stigma and the trauma they’ve gone through. That is not the best,” he said.
He has, therefore, appealed to non-governmental organisations to help provide shelter for sexually abused children.