Kwaw Kese refused bail again

Kwaw Kesse being escorted by the Police officer to cells.Photo.Godwin Ofosu AchampongHip-life artiste, Kwaw Kese, was refused bail the second time yesterday by the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly Circuit Court when he re-appeared for allegedly smoking a substance believed to be Indian hemp, in public.

His plea to the charge of use of narcotic drug without lawful authority was not taken and the court, presided over by Mr. Emmanuel Boampong, remanded him in prison custody, until December 22, 2014.

The musician was first put before the court on November 24, and remanded for two weeks to appear again on December 8.

Kwaw Kese could face a minimum of 10 years imprisonment if found guilty.

His counsel, Nana Kwasi Boaitey, pleaded with the court for bail, but the judge, said he was handicapped, since drug peddling and use are not bailable under the amended criminal code, and therefore rejected counsel’s application.

Earlier, Superintendent Emmanuel Akonnor, prosecuting, told the packed court that the artiste, popularly called “Abodam’ was arrested on Saturday, November 22, at a wine shop, close to Plus Two Pub at Nhyiaeso, Kumasi at about 11pm.

The police said the artiste was in the company of about five friends, and was openly smoking the stuff when a police patrol team arrested him.

Abodam is said to have participated in the old school re-union programme at the Baba Yara Stadium that Saturday and afterwards decided to have some fun with some friends at the pub.

From Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi

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