The woes of embattled showbiz icon Kwasi Kyei Darkwah aka KKD appear not to be over as the prosecution in his trial says it will not drop the charges.
Although the 19-year-old complainant, Ewuraffe Orleans Thompson,is reported to have written to the state – which is prosecuting KKD for alleged rape – over her disinterest and desire to see the charges dropped, ACP Moses Atibilla, the prosecutor, told journalists after hearing yesterday that the state intended to continue with the case.
The police chief argued that prosecution was for the state, insisting that the fact that the victim had written to withdraw the case did not mean the charges would be dropped.
'Prosecution is for the state…so notwithstanding the fact that you have brought a letter withdrawing the case, we can still go ahead with the case…I know that the state says they will prosecute him,' he stated.
The position of the prosecution comes days after the Attorney-General (A-G) had cast doubts over the authenticity of the said letter allegedly written by the girl at the centre of the rape scandal.
The lady had in a two-page letter dated January 12, addressed to the Director of Public Prosecutions at the Attorney-General's Department and copied to the Chief Justice, the Registrar of the High Court and the Ghana Police Service, reportedly cited the 'media frenzy' that followed the arrest of KKD and the unceasing buzz and social media posts, which she described as 'insensitive,' for her decision.
According to her, she is unable to continue cooperating with the police who are prosecuting the case, stressing that since the story of her rape allegation against KKD broke, her life had taken a dramatic turn.
The victim further stated that she had not been able to appear in public without attracting hushed gossip and finger-pointing.
Just on the heels of that letter came a KKD letter dated January 12, 2015 apologising for the “ridicule and disgrace” brought by his action.
'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 stated in the letter.
According to the missive, signed and issued by KKD, CEO of the Finest Productions, he acknowledged that he had sinned and had prayed to God for forgiveness.
KKD said, 'I acknowledge I have sinned and have prayed to my God for forgiveness for all that trauma that I have caused this young woman.'
He, according to the letter, also asked the media “to spare Ewureffe and our respective families any further agonies.”
Bill Of Indictment
Earlier at the Adjabeng District Court presided over by Mrs Adwoa Akyaamaa Ofosu, the prosecutor, ACP Atibilla, had asked for a short adjournment to enable the prosecution serve KKD the summary of evidence and the bill of indictment.
He was optimistic that when that was done, the committal proceedings would begin for the case to be moved to the appropriate court.
Johana Awortwe, lead counsel for KKD, wondered if the court would rather adjourn the case for two weeks.
She said they would make an application for a copy of the crime scene report.
The case was adjourned to January 29, 2015.
KKD was recently granted bail by a Human Rights Court in Accra after he had been picked up by the Airport police for allegedly raping the lady in a bathroom at the African Regent Hotel on December 27, 2014.
He is said to have had carnal knowledge of the victim without her consent at the bathroom of the hotel, even though KKD claimed that it was consensual sex.
…London Police Chase KKD Brother
Brother of popular radio and television personality, Kwasi Kyei Darkwah, has landed himself in big trouble.
This was after Yaw A. Darkwah, a junior brother of the fashion icon popularly called KKD, was reported to have threatened a Ghanaian resident in London who calls herself Dilys Fit Chic Sillah.
She confirmed the news to Accra-based Adom FM .
He is alleged to have threatened to send thugs after the lady, if she continued to run commentaries on the KKD alleged rape case in which the radio and television personality is being prosecuted by the state.
KKD is alleged to have raped 19-year-old Ewuraeffe Orleans Thompson at the bathroom of a hotel in Accra – a charge he has since denied, claiming the affair was consensual.
Even though he was granted bail after the lady at the centre of the controversy had withdrawn the case, the state is not letting go and has formally charged him for rape.
This and others were what compelled Dilys to put out videos of herself analyzing the controversy surrounding the scandal.
She was of the conviction that the case was not handled well from the legal, socio-cultural and psychological angles.
'The way we put the girl's name, her pictures and her hospital report into the media was very bad - if this had happened in the UK there was no way the lady's details will get out into the media the way it did. We behave as if women elsewhere are better than women in Africa and that is what worries me as a Ghanaian woman living in the UK,' she said.
The videos, which have since gone viral, were what seemed to have provoked KKD's junior brother to issue the threats on Dilys' life.
Even though the lady did not go to the extent of trying to apportion blame on the parties involved in the scandal, Yaw Darkwah threatened to send his 'trolls' after her via her facebook inbox saying, 'Talk about him again and I will send my trolls to you.'
It was said to be part of materials the lady gave to the London Metropolitan Police as evidence to assist in investigations.
Prior to that, KKD's junior brother and these supposed trolls were said to have sent several messages to the Dilys, amidst threats and derogatory remarks to her facebook account.
That was what compelled the lady to lodge a formal complaint with the police on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.
The case number has been given as LMP CAD7285/20-01.
Yaw Darkwah's facebook account seems to have been temporarily blocked after Dilys had filed the complaint.
One is given 'Content not available' when one tries to access the account on facebook.
'I am going to continue to speak to the various aspects of this issue, how it has been poorly handled and how that affects young people and victims of abuse in our society,' Dilys said.
'I think we need serious reforms in our legal and socio-cultural environment because characters in such cases need better protection than those in the KKD saga got,' an unfazed Dilys told Adom FM .