A soldier who is also said to be a land guard was arraigned before court last Thursday, for allegedly assaulting a police officer at a sand winning site at Appolonia City, near Dodowa.
According to the prosecution’s account, the soldier, Sergeant Seth Alloryitoh, attacked Chief Inspector Samuel Donyoh, the leader of a police patrol team that was sent to check up on the illegal sand winning activity.
The assault, the prosecution said, led to the police officer bleeding profusely from his left eye.
Sergeant Alloryitoh, however, denied the charges when he appeared before the Accra Central District Court.
He pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault on a public officer and was granted bail in the sum of Gh¢7,000 with two sureties.
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Hearing continues at the court, presided over by Ms Gloria Naa Botor Laryea, on May 24, 2018.
The prosecutor, Chief Inspector Simon Apiorsornu, told the court that on May 9, 2018, Chief Inspector Donyoh and his men had information that some people were engaging in illegal sand winning at Appolonia City.
He said Chief Inspector Donyoh and his men then proceeded to the place at about 4: 30 p.m., and met Sergeant Alloryitoh fully dressed in military uniform protecting the illegal sand miners.
The soldier, he explained, confronted the police officer and his men and in the process, decided to use his phone to take pictures of the police officers.
Chief Inspector Apiosornu added that the police officers did not allow him to do that and he became infuriated.
“He the (soldier) gave a hefty blow to Chief Inspector Donyoh on his left eye making him to bleed profusely,’’ he said.
According to the prosecutor, after the act, Sergeant Alloryitoh took to his heels but he was arrested and handed over to the police.