Rapist doctor arrested

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The Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU), Tema Regional

Police Command branch, have apprehended Nicholas K. Wood, the

38-year-old self- styled medical practitioner at the Korle-Bu Teaching

Hospital in Accra, who allegedly raped a 22-year-old lady. The

culprit, unlike other suspects who are placed in cells whilst

investigations are underway, had been placed behind the counter since

he was 'smuggled' into the police charge office last Sunday dawn by

the police. Whilst there, he interacted with unknown persons,

relations and counsel and as well had access to a cell phone. Mr. Wood

is also under investigation for impersonation, as information gathered

by the police revealed that he is not a doctor but works with a

pharmaceutical giant in Ghana and supplies drugs to some institutions

such as schools and health facilities. Residents of Tema, who spoke to

DAILY GUIDE expressed worry over why the police granted the suspect a

self- recognizance bail in the first- degree felony case without

proper checks, after he purportedly confessed to the crime. The

victim, who was allegedly raped by the doctor at his residence in

Middle East, a suburb of Ashaiman, currently finds it difficult to

walk properly and speak well as a result of the brutal incident which

occurred last Tuesday. She was traumatized since the day of the

incident, which affected her education at a time of examination as a

first- year university student. The Police were said to have cautioned

the victim to learn from what had happened without showing enough

interest in the prosecution of the matter, which had attracted so much

attention in the metropolis. The victim's family said they would go to

any length to ensure justice was served, since they believed there was

an attempt by the Tema DOVVSU of the Ghana Police Service to cover up

the brutal rape case. On July 15, 2014, the self- acclaimed doctor, a

friend of the victim, was alleged to have lured the lady to his

residence in the evening where he forcibly had sexual intercourse with

her. A police medical report form was issued to the victim who

attended the Tema General Hospital after reporting the matter to the

police. The medical report showed the victim suffered swelling in the

right thigh and groin, coupled with some discharges from the private

parts and a torn hymen. Meanwhile, the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital has

dissociated itself from the said doctor. According to the Public

Relations Officer of the hospital, Mustapha Salifu, after going

through the hospital's records of employees, management "can state

emphatically that the said doctor is not a staff of the hospital.

"Management of the Hospital wishes to dissociate itself from one, Dr.

Nicholas Wood, whose story was carried on the front page of Friday

July 25, 2014 edition of DAILY GUIDE with the headline, KORLE BU

DOCTOR IN RAPE SCANDAL," a statement from the hospital read.

Meanwhile, the Tema Region Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Olivia

Turkson, said pieces of information gathered by her outfit suggested

that Dr. Nicholas Wood could be an imposter. She told Joy FM yesterday

that the intelligence received within the past three days indicated

that the "title he is claiming is not correct".

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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