Prosecution doubts letter from KKD’s accuser

Mr. Cynthia Lamptey, the Acting Director of State Prosecutions, has cast doubt over the authenticity of the purported letter written by the victim in the Kwasi Kyei Darkwa (KKD) rape case, to withdraw her interest in the case.

She also indicated the prosecution’s intention to pursue the case, in spite of the victim’s purported withdrawal.

Ms. Ewuraffe Orleans Thompson, 19, who accused KKD, the popular entertainer and broadcaster, of raping her in a hotel bathroom last December, is alleged to have written to the police, the Chief Justice and the Attorney-General (A-G) of her intention to withdraw her interest, citing the unbearable trauma she was experiencing, as her main reason.

Legal experts believed the withdrawal would badly affect the case and lead the prosecution to discontinue the case.

But yesterday, Ms. Lamptey told an Accra Human Rights Fast Track High Court which granted the accused bail on humanitarian grounds, that the authenticity of the letter was being verified, adding that the prosecution was also waiting for advice from the A-G to proceed with the case.

She told journalists after court proceedings that “We will surely be in court on January 22,” referring to the substantive case before the Kaneshie District Magistrate Court which adjourned hearing to January 22.

According to her, there is the need to ascertain whether the victim indeed, wrote and signed the letter without any influence.

She was optimistic that the case would be pursued to its logical conclusion.

The case on Wednesday, took a dramatic twist, when the victim, 19-year-old Ewuraffe Orleans Thompson, was alleged to have written to the Ghana Police Service to withdraw her interest in the case.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme 

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