A court in Accra, Ghana, has ordered the arrest of a 66-year-old pensioner, Emmanuel John Kwesi Mensah Dadson, for allegedly committing sexual crimes against four minors. The ages of the victims range from 5 to 12 years old, and the crimes occurred in the Tema West Municipality. Despite being summoned to court, Dadson failed to appear and was represented by a surety. The prosecution, led by Superintendent of Police Agnes Boafo, requested a bench warrant for his absence, which the court granted. The court case has been postponed to February 13, and Dadson faces four counts of sexual assault.
The victims and their families are known to Dadson for the past four years. Dadson is a retiree who resides at a church in Lashibi, and the victims visited him regularly to receive assistance with their homework and to watch TV in his wooden structure near the church. Dadson is said to have lured each victim into his room on separate occasions and sexually assaulted them. The victims eventually refused to visit him after the abuse, and they informed their parents of what had happened.
The parents of the children reported the matter to the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit on November 11, 2022. The unit issued medical forms for the children to undergo examination, treatment, and provide a report. The case highlights the importance of reporting suspected child abuse and the need for protection for minors. This case is ongoing and it is crucial that the victims receive justice and that the perpetrators are held accountable for their actions.