A PHILADELPHIA jury yesterday began weighing two clashing portrayals of a former public-school teacher on trial for allegedly raping his daughter over eight years.
At the time of his arrest last April, Sumo Dukulah, 40, was a teacher at L.P. Hill Elementary School, on Ridge Avenue near 32nd Street in Strawberry Mansion.
He was active in his church and tutored fellow West African immigrants in academic subjects, defense witnesses testified yesterday.
None said that they had ever seen the Liberian native act abusively toward his daughter or anyone else.
But in her closing argument yesterday, Assistant District Attorney Branwen McNabb cautioned the jurors not to be swayed by Dukulah's character witnesses.