Barely 48 hours after the embattled broadcaster and showbiz icon, Kwasi Kyei Darkwah, popularly called KKD, was granted bail by an accra Human rights Court on humanitarian grounds, his lawyers suspect that he was set up. This was hinted by Gary Nimako Marfo, a leading member of the defence counselfor KKD. The lawyers earlier said their client had consensual sex with his accuser, 19-year-old Ewurafe Orleans Thompson, a student.
The showbiz icon in a letter dated January 12, 2014, apologised for the “ridicule and disgrace” brought by his action to the girl.
'I, Kwasi Kyei Darkwah, wish to make this public announcement that I truly and sincerely apologise for the public ridicule and disgrace that have ensued by reason of the fleeting pleasure of the flesh involving (the complainant) and myself,' he said.
KKD, 49, was arrested at the African Regent Hotel in Accra on December 27, 2014 after Ewuraffe Orleans Thompson, the complainant, had reported a case of rape against the accused.
It is the case of the prosecution that KKD, at about 9pm at the aforementioned venue, had carnal knowledge of the student without her consent in a bathroom.
The police subsequently arraigned the accused person before the Adjabeng District Magistrate Court for the offence of rape.
His plea was not taken and the Magistrate, Adwoa Akyaamaa Ofosu, refused him bail and remanded him into police custody.
Consequently, KKD, the Chief Executive of the Finest Productions, was released on Thursday after spending 19 days on remand at the Airport Police Station where he was being held for the alleged rape charge.
KKD's bail was preceded by the release of a two-page letter purportedly written to the court by Ms Thompson stating her unwillingness to continue with the case.
Speaking on Accra-based Okay FM yesterday, Mr Nimako Marfo, though unprepared to mention names, was empathic the team of lawyers defending KKD were treading cautiously because of the belief that their client was set up.
He said he and the team of lawyers for KKD would come out at the appropriate time on the issue.
He however cautioned commentators on the issue, including Dr Maurice Ampaw, a colleague lawyer, to be careful.
“For now, we are concentrating on the case but everyone should be careful because it can happen to anyone of us…'
However, the new position of the defence counsel appears to conflict with their earlier position that KKD and Ewuraffe had consensual sex.
It is unclear if the suspect had unprotected sex with the teenage student.
KKD's lawyers, in their application for bail before the Human Rights Court, wanted to impress on the court that the sex he had with the girl was consensual after the police had charged him for rape.
In the motion filed by his lawyers, Ampem Chambers, KKD said a video footage contained a scene of romantic kissing between the complainant and the accused.
The said CCTV had since gone viral on social media with KKD and his alleged rape victim walking majestically in and out of the hotel room.
'The complainant was captured by CCTV footage in the hotel romantically kissing the accused person before the alleged non-consensual sexual incident, and most importantly, after the alleged rape was said to have occurred the footage shows the accused and the complainant walking together from the hotel suite and through the hotel lobby in much the same manner as they entered the hotel suite,' he said in his affidavits in support.
By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson [email protected]