UPDATE: 5-Year-Old Girl Defiled by 19-Year-Old Cousin Dies; Culprit Bags 24-Year Jail Term


The defiled 5-year-old girl dies Saturday night after battling for several months with a bladder infection.

It is really sad to bring to your notice that five-year-old Afia who was defiled by her teenage cousin has passed on at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, the Ashanti Region capital. The defiled 5-year-old girl dies Saturday night after battling for several months with a bladder infection known as Cystitis.

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Afia was expected to undergo another surgery following a first one in June to remove a tumor in her private part that hindered her ability to pass urine or waste. Until her death, she was undergoing chemotherapy but her abdomen continued to swell.

She is expected to be buried after her body has been released to the family.

Background Story

Afia, a five-year-old girl in Offinso in the Ashanti region developed serious vaginal infection and intestinal disorder following an abuse by a 19-year-old relative. The suspect, Kofi Dapaah, 19, reportedly had sex with her on several occasions in the absence of her parents.

Afia’s health started deteriorating and GH¢15,000 was needed for a surgery meant to correct an infection in her vaginal area which was worsening by the day.

According to reports from Joy News, she was moved from the St. Patrick Hospital at Offinso to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) where X-rays revealed she was also suffering from an intestinal obstruction. The X-rays revealed small and large bowel obstruction with doctors saying Afia is likely to undergo two separate surgeries to correct this. The first had been carried out successfully, but the defiled 5-year-old girl dies before she was due for the second surgery.

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5 year-old Afia at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital

Narrating the incident to Joy News’ Nurudeen Mohammed in June, Afia’s mother, Mrs Akua Akuada said she traveled with her husband Mr Kojo Hian, three months ago, to the Upper West for the funeral of her father-in-law, leaving Afia in Dapaah’ care.

Upon their return, Afia started complaining about general body pains especially in her waist and abdomen and she could not walk well. Mrs Akuada said amidst tears that Afia told her Dapaah had been having sex with her during their absence.

Afia’s parents reported the case to the Offinso district police who arrested Dapaah and started working on putting him before the court. Now, the court has sentenced Dapah, the culprit to 24 years imprisonment.

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Afia’s parents, who are local farm keepers in a cottage in Mumusu near Offinso have been sent packing from their rented apartment. Her father has also lost his job as a farm keeper. This had compounded the family’s problem in affording the required medications for their little daughter.

Since after the incident, the family has been sustained by the generosity of an anonymous good Samaritan.