Policeman remanded for assaulting woman at Midland

Lance Corporal (L/Cpl) Frederick Amanor Godzi, the policeman, who allegedly assaulted a 38-year-old woman and customer of Midland Savings and Loans Limited, was yesterday remanded by an Accra circuit court for assault.

The accused pleaded not guilty and would appear again on August 9, 2018.

L/Cpl Godzi was captured on video assaulting Mrs. Patience Osafo, with a baby strapped to her side, when she went to Midland to withdraw her savings of GH¢270.00.

The video, which went viral on different social media networks, attracted public anger and condemnation of the conduct of the policeman, who was detailed to protect the financial institution.

Prosecuting, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) George Amegah told the court presided over by Mrs. Jane Harriet Naa Akweley Quaye that accused admitted the offence in his caution statement.

The court heard that on July 13, 2018, the complainant, Patience Osafo, a petty trader, went to Midland to withdraw money.

DSP Amegah said Osafo joined the queue but was later asked by the bank officials to go and come on Monday, July 16, for her money, and she obliged.

Prosecution said that complainant was told the same story when she went back to the bank the following Monday, and on July 19, complainant went to the bank again at 7:30am and waited till the bank opened at 9:30am.

DSP Amegah said officials of the bank gave Patience the same excuse after she had waited for several hours, but she opted to stay, in anticipation of receiving her money.

Prosecution said at about 12noon, the bank officials attended to a few customers, and asked the rest to go home and come the next day.

The court heard that this did not go down well with the frustrated woman (Patience), who asked the bank attendants to give her GH¢105.00 to pay her debtors and feed the baby.

DSP Amegah said the bank officials, one Kukuaa and Shelly, called the policeman to sack Patience from the banking hall.

Prosecution said the policeman in an attempt to move the complainant from the banking hall, assaulted and subsequently dragged her out of the banking hall.

DSP Amegah said on 20 July, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) ordered the arrest of L/Cpl Godzi, after he watched the video on the assault.

BY MALIK SULLEMANA AND AGNES OPOKU SARPONG

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