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25.03.2009 Crime & Punishment

GH C2, 000 Bail for Man who injures his political Opponent


Kojo Owusu, a labourer, on Tuesday appeared before the Asamankese Circuit Court for injuring his political opponent.

Owusu pleaded not guilty and was granted a GH C2000 bail to re-appear on March 30.

Police Chief Inspector D. T. Nartey, prosecuting, told the court that the victim, Yaw Darkwa, on February 25, went to the Akwatia open-air diamond market to do business where he met a friend James Afisah.

He said Darkwa then told Afisah that now that Mr Baba Jamal had been nominated as Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, it would be very good for the Akwatia constituency if Mr Jamal was voted as a Member of Parliament (MP) for the area.

The prosecutor said Owusu who was passing by heard the conservation and cut in to say that “I will not sit down for a northerner like Baba Jamal to become MP for Akwatia”.

Darkwa who did not take kindly to Owusu's remark rebuked him and that later generated into a quarrel but they were separated.

Shortly after that the accused without any provocation pulled a key from his pocket and used it to punch Darkwa in the left eye.

Owusu on realizing that Darkwa was going to the Police station to lodge a complaint, also hurried to lodge a counter complain that he was injured in the eye first.

Both were issued with medical forms for medical attention and report back to the police.