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Crime & Punishment of Tuesday, 24 April 2018


Kwabenya police attack: Court sets May 15 for ruling

Some of the alleged culprits in custody Some of the alleged culprits in custody

An Accra Circuit court presided over by Aboagye Tando has fixed May 15, 2018 to rule on the Kwabenya cell breakers case.

It comes after two accused persons involved in the cell break were sentenced by the same Court for 66 months after pleading guilty on April 6, 2018.

Kofi Darko was sentenced to 32 months for conspiracy and escape from lawful custody and Emmanuel Kotey also had 34 months for the same crime.

The Case

Twelve suspects are standing trial for allegedly attacking the Kwabenya Police station to free robbers on remand.

Some have been charged with a total of five counts namely possessing of firearms without authority, abetment to possessing firearm without lawful authority, conspiracy to commit crime to wit; Escape from lawful custody, escape from lawful custody, and abetment to escape from lawful custody all of which are contrary to section 23, 226(C) and 20(1) of the Criminal and Other Offenses Act (Act 29).

The attack on the Police station led to the escape of seven suspects. A police officer on duty was also killed in the attack.

A manhunt led to the arrest of the 12 suspects.

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