KKD to consult psychologist

KKDThe alleged rape case involving broadcaster, Kwasi Kyei Darkwa, affectionately called KKD, was adjourned yesterday to February 18 to enable him to see a clinical psychologist.

This was after the court was informed by Susanna Nyarkoa, who held brief for Anthony Forson Jnr. counsel for KKD, that doctors at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital had recommended that the accused needed to see a clinical psychologist.

This was the second time the accused failed to appear before the Accra District Magistrate Court, citing ill-health.

On February 6, he could not appear and the court was informed, he was on admission at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.

Ms. Nyarkoa, in her submission to the court, said, the decision to see a clinical psychologist became imminent following a medical review on Wednesday.

She said the review requested that KKD consults a clinical psychologist at Korle-Bu yesterday.

The report also suggested that he be given a week’s bed-rest to help improve his condition.

The State Prosecutor, Cynthia Lamptey, doubted the authenticity of the report arguing that the court and the prosecution had not been furnished with it, and that the report before them differed from what was read in court.

However, Ms. Nyarkoa explained that the review was only done on Wednesday, and the court was yet to be furnished with it to augment the earlier one before it and the prosecution.

Accordingly, the court, presided over by Mrs. Adwoa Akyamaa Ofosu, adjourned to February, 18.

KKD was arrested on December 27, 2014 for allegedly raping 19-year-old Ewuraffe Orleans in a hotel washroom.

He was granted GH¢20,000 bail with one surety on humanitarian grounds, by the Accra Human Rights Fast Track High Court on January 15, after 19 days in detention.

Before then, the alleged victim wrote to the police and the court to withdraw the case because she could no longer bear the trauma the case was causing her.

KKD hours later, issued a statement publicly apologising to victim for the trauma he had caused her and the public for the disgrace and shame his action had caused them.

Irrespective of victim’s withdrawal of the case, prosecution declared its intention to proceed with it, indicating it had enough evidence to prosecute KKD.

By Edem Mensah-
Tsotorme  

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