Court slams police handling of J.B Danquah case

Ms. Arit Nsemoh, a district court magistrate, yesterday expressed disgust at the way the police is handling the alleged murder of a former Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa North, Joseph Boakye (J.B) Danquah Adu.

She said that prosecution was treating the case like the murder of “a grandmother selling gari”.

The magistrate poured out her frustration when the prosecutor, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) George Amegah, asked for another adjournment after a month-long adjournment.

“Why are you playing games with the court,” Ms Nsemoh fumed, adding that “You cannot keep the accused while the victim is crying for justice. If we can treat an MP like this what of a grandmother selling gari?”

When the magistrate inquired about the cause of the delay in preparing the bill of indictment, DSP Amegah appealed to the court to adjourn the case to enable him to ask his superiors as to when the bill of indictment would be ready.

However, the hearing was not without the usual drama that often heralded proceedings as Lawyer Obiri Boahen, holding a watching brief for the family alleged that the legislator was used as a sacrifice.

 Daniel Asiedu, the first accused, who had earlier on June 20, 2018, voluntarily confessed of being hired by some hirelings in the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) to murder the lawmaker said he would proceed to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Even when the magistrate said she would not allow him to talk,  Asiedu, also known as Sexy Dondon, said: “I will call on the ICC to investigate.”

On May 30, 2017, the Accra High Court discharged accused following the filing of a nolle prosequi by the A-G.

Their freedom, was however, shortlived as they were re-arrested by policemen after they stepped out of the court room.

Ms Sefakor Batsa, a State Attorney, told the court that based on Section 54 of the criminal and other offences Act , 1960 (Act 30), the A-G had filed a nolle prosequi not to continue with the prosecution.

 

The facts as presented by the prosecution are that on February 8, 2016, Asiedu and Bosso decided to embark on a robbery operation at Shiashie, a suburb of East Legon, where the MP resides.

Asiedu selected the MP’s house but his accomplice disagreed and decided to abandon the robbery operation.

About 11:40p.m., the MP arrived home and went to bed in a room located on the first floor of his house.

Prosecution said at about 1 a.m. that same night, Asiedu, armed with a catapult, a cutter and a sharp knife, went to the lawmaker’s house.

Asiedu entered the house by scaling the wall on the blind side of the security man,  who was fast asleep, climbed onto a porch on the top floor with a ladder and entered the MP’s room through a window.

While Asiedu was searching the room, the MP woke up and held him and there ensued a struggle, during which Asiedu stabbed the MP in the right chest above the breast. Asiedu was also injured in his right palm and chest.

The legislator fell by his bed, bleeding profusely, after which Asiedu stabbed him several times on the right chest and neck.

On realising that the MP was dying, Asiedu left the room and took with him three iPhones.

Asiedu, however, managed to descend and jumped over the electric fencing on the walls of the house into an adjourning house and escaped.

He then took the phones to a phone repairer to decode them, but the repairer saw blood stains and pictures of the MP on the phones and alerted the police.

BY MALIK SULLEMANA

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