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Swedru Municipal guard, others in assault video remanded

BY: Gilbert Mawuli Agbey

Four people, including a guard of the Agona West Municipal Assembly seen in a viral video booting the head of a boy they accused of stealing, have been remanded into police custody for assault.

Peter Danso, the guard and his colleague, Isaac Ntsiful on Monday appeared before the Swedru Magistrate Court together with Sampson Aikins, a baker and Francis Yorke, a student on provisional charges of conspiracy to commit crime and assault.

They are to reappear in court on April 11, 2019.

Police prosecutors pleaded with the court presided over by Mr Isaac Appietu to remand the accused to prevent them from interfering with ongoing investigation into the matter and for their own security as the incident had drawn the interest and ire of the public.

According to the police, there were other suspects yet to be arrested in connection with the case.

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In a rebuttal, Mr Frederick Selby, lawyer for the four accused persons disagreed with the prosecution and pleaded for bail for them on the grounds that since the prosecution had presented a charge sheet containing charges against all the accused persons, it meant that they had completed their investigations.

He also noted that since the prosecution failed to indicate that there were other accused persons who are at large on the charge sheet, it meant that they had completed their investigations into the matter and disagreed with the prosecution that if the accused persons were granted bail, they would interfere in further police investigations, saying that “it is not true that the accused persons can interfere with investigation.”

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He added that the accused persons had unlawfully been detained for more than 48 hours against constitutional provisions on fundamental human rights of all manner of persons.

Judge’s submission

The presiding judge although agreed that assault is a bailable offence, also agreed with the plea of the prosecution that they were doing further investigation to track other suspects who appeared in the video to assist in further investigations.

He also took into account the safety of the accused persons since the issue had received huge public outcry and further charged the prosecution to hasten their investigation to enable the court to look into the merits of the case at the next adjourned date.