Court issues bench warrant for ‘fake lawyer’

Anthony Anyomi,the fake lawyer.

Anthony Anyomi,the fake lawyer.

An Accra Circuit Court 8 yesterday issued a bench warrant for the arrest of alleged fake lawyer, Anthony Anyomi for failing to appear before it.

The court made the order when the accused, who is currently on bail failed to appear before it to open his defence as directed at the last sitting.

When the case was called yesterday, the accused was nowhere to be found, as a result, the prosecutor, Chief Superintendent (Supt) Duuti Tuaruka prayed the court for a bench warrant.

Accordingly, the court presided over by Patricia Quansah upheld the submission of the prosecution, by issuing the warrant for the arrest of the accused.

It would be recalled that at the last sitting on July 11, it was revealed that the counsel for Anthony Anyomi, the alleged fake lawyer, had officially written to the court to withdraw his services.

This was made known when another lawyer, Kwesi Appiah-Korang, pleaded on his (accused) behalf for an adjournment to enable the accused re-engage the services of another lawyer.

Mr. Appiah-Korang, who did not want to be recorded as a counsel for the accused, but rather as an officer of the court, said numerous efforts by the accused to reach his counsel to open his defence proved futile, as his lawyer did not answer calls from him (accused).

He added that the circumstance made it difficult for the accused to open his defence in the case yesterday.

Consequently, he prayed the court to adjourn the matter for the accused to re-engage another counsel.

The court granted the plea, but said, the accused had been notified that his earlier lawyer in the matter had written to the court to withdraw his services.

The judge, then adjourned the case to yesterday, for the accused to open his defence in the matter.

The court added that if he fails to secure the services of another lawyer, he (accused) would open his own defence.

The third prosecution witness in the case tendered in evidence, some cases in which the accused had represented himself as a lawyer for some clients, on June 20.

Anthony Anyomi, 34, is facing a charge of defrauding by false pretence after he allegedly faked as a lawyer.

Detective Sergeant Mustapha Salifu of the Accra Regional Criminal Investigations Department (CID) told an Accra Circuit Court that Police investigations revealed that the accused had presented himself as a lawyer in many courts, including the one he had been arraigned.

He said subsequently, the Police made a request to the Judicial Service to provide them with some of the cases in which the accused had presented himself as a lawyer.

Detective Sergeant Salifu tendered in evidence, two cases titled “The Republic Versus Vessel Kwesi Yeboah, and “The Republic Versus Prince Boakye”, which the accused did an extensive cross-examination in one of them on October 5, 2015.

The accused objected to the tendering of the document on the grounds that his name was not spelt properly and unaware of those involved in the cases, but the court, presided over by Patricia Quansah admitted it in evidence, adding that the crux of his objection did not render the evidence inadmissible.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme   

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