Drama unfolded in an Accra Circuit Court yesterday, when ace musician, Ekow Micah, standing trial for possessing narcotic drugs, refused to speak through his lawyer as directed by the court.
Ekow Micah had his hand up in the air immediately the court clerk mentioned his case and invited him (Ekow Micah) to mount the witness box, indicating he had something to say.
The judge, Aboagye Tandoh, then asked him to lower his hand and speak through his lawyer to the court which has been the practice.
His lawyer, John Dave Percy, consequently approached him to ascertain what he (Micah) had for the court.
However, he refused to speak to his lawyer insisting that he would like to speak directly to the court and not through his lawyer.
Despite the court not inviting him to speak, he told the court that he would not speak through his lawyer because, he had since September 10, when the case was adjourned, ceased communicating with him.
Astonished by his client’s claim, John Percy told the court, “My Lord, I don’t know why he is refusing to tell me what he had to say. He is still insisting to speak to the court directly.”
Another lawyer at court intervened, and urged the judge to allow them some time to resolve the matter to prevent any scene in court.
Consequently, the judge, who had a meeting scheduled at that time, stood the case down and urged Ekow Micah and his counsel to resolve their differences before his return for the case to be called again.
It took the other lawyer over 20 minutes after the judge had left, to resolve the misunderstanding between Ekow Micah and his lawyer, after which the two were seen together conversing heartily.
However, the judge did not return as expected, and in his absence, the prosecution and Ekow Micah’s counsel agreed and took a date from the court clerk.
The case was then adjourned to Friday, September 25.
By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme