A-G to proceed with KKD’s prosecution

The Attorney-General’s Department says it will pursue the rape case against Kwesi Kyei Darkwa, popularly known as KKD, irrespective of the letter of withdrawal from the victim, Ewuraffe Orleans Thompson.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Moses Atibilah the prosecutor, told an Accra District Magistrate Court presided over by Mrs. Adwopa Akyamaa Ofosu that the state would prosecute the case, regardless of the letter of withdrawal by the victim/complainant.

He said the Attorney-General had charged the accused formally and prosecution was preparing the charge and summary of evidence to serve the accused to enable his counsel to file defence, for the committal trial to commence.

Mr. Atibilah said soon after the defence has been served the charge and summary of evidence, the prosecution would arraign the accused before the appropriate court for the trial to begin, since the District Magistrate Court has no jurisdiction to hear the case.

He therefore, prayed the court for a week’s adjournment, to enable the prosecution to serve the accused, the summary of evidence.

But Johanna Awotwe, leading the defence team intervened, that the one week interval was too short and urged the court to extend it to two weeks.

That, she explained, would allow the defence to apply to the prosecution, for the crime scene and medical reports.

But the prosecutor in a sharp response, expressed surprise that defence counsel was requesting for what was not before the court.

Mr. Atibilah told the court that the prosecution did not have anything of the sort to provide the defence counsel, and said the two weeks requested by defence counsel was too much and prayed the court to grant the one week adjournment request by him, since the accused is on bail.

The magistrate, Mrs. Ofosu upheld the one week adjournment, and rescheduled the case for January 29.

ACP Atibilah, told the press after the sitting, that the state is willing and determined to prosecute the case.

He said the state has the authority to prosecute criminal cases, and would do everything to ensure that the case travelled the full length of trial.

On whether the prosecution had gathered enough evidence to prove its case, he replied in the affirmative.

“The case is for the state, regardless of the letter from the victim. We will prosecute the matter” ACP Atibilah stressed.

Asked whether the victim had agreed to cooperate with prosecution, he replied, “when we get there we will talk about it”.

The accused was in court with his family members and friends.

KKD was admitted to bail by the Accra Human Rights Fast Track High Court, on humanitarian grounds.

The case, took a dramatic twist on January 13, when the 19-year-old, Ewuraffe, the centre of the alleged rape case, wrote a two-page letter to the Director of Public Prosecutions which she copied the Chief Justice, the Registrar of the High Court and the Ghana Police Service of her desire to withdraw the case.

This was followed by an apology from KKD, for his deed which had brought him public ridicule, and asked the general public to forgive and pray for him.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme     

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