• Rape victim outraged after Uber driver posted bail, fled country

    By: Bob Ward

    Updated:

    A local woman is outraged after she says an Uber driver raped her and then left the country. 

    That suspect was arraigned on Friday, posted bail and is believed to have fled the country. 

    Boston 25 News would not normally identify victims of sexual assault, but Emily Murray insisted to our Bob Ward that she wants to be seen and be heard. She told him she wants everyone to know what happened to her, and how the system failed her.

    "It happened. I'm not ashamed, I'm not embarrassed. I understand what happened. I know I did nothing wrong," said Murray. "A loss for words. I was angry I'm still angry. I'm confused."

    On April 8, Emily says she was just trying to get home when her Uber driver, identified as Frederic Amfo, allegedly locked the doors and raped her in the backseat of his car, just after dropping off another customer.

    "Within minutes I was in a situation I couldn't control and I was assaulted," said Murray.

    DNA evidence collected from both a rape kit and Amfo's car led to his arrest.

    On Friday, Amfo was at Quincy District Court where bail was set at $10,000 and he was given a stay away order. Records show Amfo was also given 24 hours to surrender his passport if he made bail.

    On Friday afternoon, Amfo made bail, but he didn't surrender that passport and Monday afternoon, Emily was told her alleged rapist fled to his native Ghana. 

    "If I went to Ghana and I committed a crime, I wouldn't expect to be able to hop on a plane and say sorry about that, here's some money. I would expect to answer for it. Accountability. And there has been just zero," said Murray.

    Boston 25 News learned Tuesday afternoon from ICE that Amfo was in the United States illegally.

    "That detainer should have followed the alien as he transferred from the Quincy Court House. The court chose not to forward the detainer to Norfolk County, allowing for his subsequent release on bail from custody."

    Tuesday evening, the Massachusetts Trial Court issued this statement:

    "On April 13, 2018, Frederick Q. Amfo (defendant) was arraigned in Quincy District Court and charged with rape. The judge adopted the prosecution's request for cash bail and conditions of release:  bail was set at $10,000 cash/ $100,000 surety, and the court also imposed several requested pretrial conditions of release, including that the defendant turn over his passport to the clerk’s office.

    Today, April 17, 2018, the court issued an arrest warrant for the defendant after learning from the prosecution that the defendant has left the country. At the time the defendant posted bail and was released from the House of Correction, the defendant had not surrendered his passport to the court.

    A review of the circumstances indicates that the court allowed the defendant to be released without first surrendering his passport, providing him 24 hours to do so. As a result of this review,  the court has now implemented procedures to ensure that defendants who are ordered by the court to surrender their passports surrender them when they post bail and prior to their release."

    No word on what will happen to the suspect in this case now.

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