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22.01.2015 Crime & Punishment

A-G Takes Over KKD Rape Case

A-G Takes Over KKD Rape Case
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The Attorney General (AG) has indicated it will continue to pursue an alleged rape case against showbiz icon, Kwesi Kyei Darkwa(KKD) despite the victim's request for the court to drop the case. KKD is alleged to have raped a 19-year- old woman at the African Regent hotel Accra, but he has denied the accusation, insisting the act was consensual.

In his lawyer's bail application, he argued that the facts do not show “there was any physical or verbal threat of harm or physical restraint used to compel the victim to have sex with the accused, yet, the prosecution contends the use of force.”

He further argued among others that, even though there were two other persons in the room during the alleged rape incident, the facts of the prosecutor do not state that “any one of them heard noise from the so-called victim.” The woman a few weeks ago wrote to the court, announcing her disinterest in the case. However the prosecutor announced in court that they will be serving KKD and his legal team the bill of indictment and summary of evidence. He further prayed the court to adjourn sitting for a week in order for it to complete the processes.

The AG may consider the request of the victim but that decision will be influenced by the evidence the AG or the Police have. However if the two institutions have enough evidence, they can still go ahead and prosecute the case. The KKD alleged rape saga: The story so far December 27, 2014: Renowned broadcaster Kwasi Kyei Darkwah is arrested by the police at the African Regent Hotel and is held at the Airport Police Station in Accra.

December 28, 2014: Nana Asante Bediatuo, lawyer for KKD rejects the allegations of rape against his client, revealing that the two had “consensual sex.” December 28, 2014: The police processed KKD for court but they were unable to present their case to the court due to their late arrival. December 29, 2014: An member of KKD's family tells Citi News that they suspect foul play in the circumstances leading to his arrest. December 30, 2014: KKD is charged with rape and makes his first appearance in court where he is denied bail by a Kaneshi District court.

December 31, 2014: Lawyers for KKD file another bail application at the Human Rights court in Accra which they describe as a 'higher court' following the denial of their original application. December 31, 2014: In their application for bail at the Human Rights Court, the lawyers say that security footage at the hotel from the night of the incident captured the complainant and their client “romantically kissing” adding that the two were locked in a similar embrace after the alleged incident. December 31, 2014: The fashion icon, in a Facebook post, assures his sympathizers that he is “alive and well” and warns his detractors not to speak of his demise yet.

January 8, 2015: KKD is admitted at the Police Hospital in Accra after he was seen limping badly during his case for bail which was adjourned by the Magistrate Court. January 13, 2015: Reports emerge that the alleged victim has withdrawn her complaint against the broadcaster after his case for bail was adjourned to Thursday, January 15.

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