Mother pleads insanity for son in court

The mother of a 19-year-old man, Liptop Sehli, who appeared before the Ho Circuit Court on Friday, charged with unlawful entry and stealing, stunned the court when she entered a plea of mental disorder on behalf of her son.

Liptop, a self-styled musician, was not represented by counsel.

Presenting the facts, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Mr. I. A. A. Ahor, told the court, presided over Mr Emmanuel Ayesu Essampong, that the accused who was armed with a breadknife, entered the room of Bernice Adjeley Mensah, a student, at C.K. Road, Ho, at about 3 a.m., on March 30, this year, and stole one Huawei Cellular tablet, valued  at GH¢1,200, an Archos tablet worth GH¢1,000 and one HTC cellular phone costing GH¢200 belonging to the woman who was asleep in the room.

According to the prosecution, the woman suddenly woke up and shouted for help but the accused fled with the items.

Later, on the same day, at about 2pm, the accused entered the room of a motor-mechanic, Samuel Hini, at Ho-Heve and stole one Samsung cellular phone valued at GH¢200, a pair of shoes worth GH¢40 a Multi-TV decoder costing GH¢220 and three pen-drives valued at GH¢60, belonging to the man.

The prosecution said that the man who was returning home after going out briefly to buy water, saw the accused and another man now at large, coming out of his room and immediately confronted them.

The two took to their heels towards different directions but the mechanic chased the accused with a motorbike and caught up with him, before calling for help from other people to arrest him.

The accused pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Sehli’s mother produced a document to the court to support her claim that he was of unsound mind, only for the court to realise that another criminal case against him was pending before the Ho Magistrate Court, which had earlier ordered him to undergo psychiatric examination at the Ho Regional Hospital, but the accused had failed to do so.

This time, the Circuit Court remanded him in custody for the police to take him to the hospital for the mental examination to be carried out.

Hearing continues on April 20.

From Alberto Mario Noretti,Ho

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