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20.03.2009 Crime & Punishment

Mechanic in court for assaulting welder


Kwabena Asante, a mechanic, has been remanded in prison custody by the Kade District Magistrate Court for assaulting a welder.

Asante pleaded not guilty and will appear again in court on March 27.

Giving the facts of the case, Police Inspector Francis Cobbina, told the court presided over by Mr Kwaku Baah Frimpong that the accused and the complainant had workshops close to each other on the Kade cemetery motor road.

He said on February 15 at about 1930 hours, the complainant was driving from the Kade cemetery area and heading towards Okumaning Junction.

The prosecutor said as the complainant was about to branch to Sakora Park, the accused who was also driving from the opposite direction alleged that the complainant branched without any signal and nearly clashed into his car.

As a result the accused chased the complainant and overtook him when he got to the Sakora Park and signalled him to stop but he ignored him and sped off.

The next day at about 0730 hours, as the complainant was driving to work, the accused stopped him on the way and asked him to explain why he drove carelessly the previous day.

When the complainant did not pay any attention to him, the accused held him behind the steering wheel and attempted to remove his car ignition key that resulted in a struggle and the complainant sustained a cut on him upper lip and got his clothes torn.

The complainant managed to speed to the police station where he lodged a complainant and the accused was later arrested and charged with assault.