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Crime & Punishment of Friday, 1 June 2018


Drunken Motor rider fined for knocking down Police officer

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A drunken motor rider who knocked down a Police officer directing traffic on the Korle Bu-Mortuary road has been convicted and fined GH 600 cedis by the Laterbiokoshie District Court.

George Aparik pleaded guilty to careless and inconsiderate driving, negligently causing harm, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving without insurance and use of motorbike with expired roadworthiness.

Aparik told the court that it was not true that he was drunk explaining that he got drunk a day before the incident.

The court presided over by Ms Linda Amissah convicted Aparik who also got injured after knocking down Chief Inspector Gladys Amoah.

Aparik, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge of riding a motorbike without a protective helmet. The court admitted him to bail in the sum of GH 5,000 cedis on the said charge.

Prosecuting, Inspector John Baidoo told the court that on May 29, this year, at about 0730 hours Aparik was driving a Daylong Motorbike with registration number M-17-GR 8839 from the Korle-Bu Mortuary to the Korle-Bu Polyclinic traffic light.

Inspector Baidoo said on reaching a section of the traffic light, without due care and attention, he knocked down Chief Inspector Gladys Amoah who was directing traffic at the intersection.

The prosecution said Chief Inspector Amoah who sustained multiple injuries was rushed to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital Accident Centre for Treatment.

The prosecution said at the Korle-Bu Police station Aparik who was found to be drunk was tested with Breathalyzer and it read 0.48 percent which was above the stipulated range of 0.08 percent.

According to prosecution further investigations by the Police revealed that Aparik was driving without a licence, driving without an insurance policy, roadworthy certificate and a crash helmet.

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