I won’t take excuses in 12 jailbreakers’ trial — Judge warns prosecutor

Mr Aboagye Tandoh, the presiding judge of the Accra Circuit Court “1” yesterday stated that he will not take excuses from the prosectuion when trial of the 12 persons who allegedly broke Dome Kwabenya Police Station cell and released some suspects in custody begins.

The cell break led to the death of Inspector Emmanuel Ashilevi.

While urging the prosecution to ensure expeditious trial, he asked them to get their witnesses ready when hearing begins on March 9, 12, 14 and 15.

Mr Tandoh made these pronouncements after he refused bail application put in by lawyers for the accused.

Counsel for the accused urged the court to admit their client to bail and argued that the accused would avail themselves for trial.

In opposing the application, the prosecution submitted that the accused would abscond from the justice, and therefore, asked the court to refuse the application for the safety of the accused.

Ruling on the bail application, Mr Tandoh said he weighed the circumstances, and took the view that the accused may not come to court, if they were granted bail.

On February 13, the court sentenced two, Prince Osei, also known as Bebe, 25, a scrap dealer and Atta Kwadwo, a driver’s mate, out of the 12 cell breakers to a total of five years imprisonment.

The two were convicted on their plea of guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit crime and escape from lawful custody.

At the last adjournment, one of the accused, Kofi Darko, a trader and resident of Glefe, near Dansoman, Accra pleaded not guilty to the same charges which his accomplices, Osei and Kwadwo pleaded guilty.

Nine of the accused, who are facing a different charge of abetment to escape from lawful custody, have all pleaded not guilty.

They are Nancy Denta, 28, George Yeboah, 30, electrician, Prince Kofi Acheampong, 32, Edward Lartey, Kofi Sheshie, George Sarbah, Elvis Owusu, George Asante, and Theophilus Bandah.

Mr Tandoh advised the prosecution to seek the consent of the Attorney-General on two other charges of possessing firearms without lawful authority and abetment of possessing firearm without lawful authority.

On January 21, 2018, at about 1:30.am a gang of armed men numbering about six planned to attack the Kwabenya Police and free their colleagues who were detained for various crimes.

By Malik Sullemana         






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