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General News of Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Source: Starr FM

JB Danquah’s murder: Stop attracting attention to yourself – Judge advises Daniel Asiedu

The Criminal Divison of the Accra High Court presided over by Justice Lydia Osei Marfo has advised Daniel Asiedu, who the standing trial for the murder of the late Abuakwa North Member of Parliament Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu to stop “attracting public attention” to himself.

According to the judge, even though he acknowledges the challenges of accused persons when cases are not moving the way it should be, they must subject themselves to “the system.”

In court on Tuesday when the case was called, Asiedu alias Sexy Don Don told the court that, even though inmates are not allowed to use mobile phones and other weapons, he has been charged by the prison officers at the blind side of his prosecutors, investigator and CID officers.

He told the court that, he had already appeared five times in court and is due for his six appearance on November 13, even though he didn’t mentioned the name of the said court.

“My prosecutors, the CID and police investigators are not aware of what is happening to me. They have indicated that due to my health, they have to take me to Nsawam Prisons and although we are not allowed to use mobile phone and other sharp of objects, I have been charged with possession of mobile phone and knife. As a result, I have been arraigned and appeared in court on five occasions and I am due to appear again on November 13,” he told the court.

Torture

Asiedu further told the court that he has been subjected to a torture while in custody.

“I have been prevent from exercising and being constantly monitored. I do not know why I ‘ve been subjected to that treatment and I want to bring it to your (judge) attention so that you assist me.”

Prisons officers denies allegation

The leader of the prisoner officers in court Chief Officer David Tsuishito in his response told court that they have about 3000 inmates and all of them are being treated equally.

He denied the allegation of torture as alleged by the accused person adding that “we don’t know anything about what he is saying.”

He added that, “We are not there to maltreat him, we are there to treat everybody equally."

Treat him well

Justice Marfo the trial judge said, “I can only say to the officers of Nsawam that in Ghana anybody who is brought to you on remand is deem to be innocent until the person is found guilty or pleaded guilty himself.”

According to the judge “we are human beings and must not be treated less than that, otherwise he will die before we hear the case.”

The judge said “I’m just an officer of human rights activitist and I’m admonishing you to treat him fairly.”

According to the judge “I’m not saying all he is saying are true, but left to public opinion, he (Asiedu) would have died by now.”

“So, will ask the officers whose custody Asiedu is to treat him well pending the hearing and out come of this case,” the court urged.

Behave yourself

The court also admonished Asiedu to comport himself adding that “If you want to be accorded with good treatment, then you have to comport yourself.”

The court said “when you go, don’t attract attention for yourself. Be obedient, subject yourself to the system. We cannot kill you. Last time, I heard all you have said, I’m above that. Behave yourself and let the system take its normal course.”

Renewed order

The court prior to adjourning the case ordered the Registrar of the court to “comply with the orders of this court dated October 16.”

The court added that, upon receipt of the hearing notice by counsel for the accused persons, he should indicate in writing by next adjourned date if he no longer want to represent the accused persons” for the court to take the necessary steps.

Starr News’ Court Correspondent Murtala Inusah reports that the absence of the counsel for the accused persons has for the third time in a row stalled the hearing of the trial.

The case has been adjourned to November 27, 2020 after prosecution led by Principal State Attorney Sefakor Batse had told the court that, they have complied with disclosure of documents as per the orders of the Court.

Asiedu, and one Vincent Bossu, alias Agogo are standing trial for murder and abatement respectively.

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