Major Crime stories 2015
Accra, Jan 1, GNA - MAJOR CRIME STORIES DURING THE YEAR UNDER REVIEW (2015)
Alleged sodomy victim to continue cross-examination
Accra, Jan 6, GNA - The 16-year-old Senior High School student, who is alleged to have been sodomized by Dr. Sulley Ali Gabass, Senior Medical Officer at the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital in Sekondi, will continue his cross-examination on Wednesday, January 7.
The case was heard in camera, and it was the third time the victim appeared at the Accra Gender-Based, Violence Circuit Court, presided over by Mrs Rita Agyeman Budu.
Attorney General to respond to KKD bail application
Accra, Jan. 7, GNA - An Accra Human Rights Court has adjourned to January 13 to enable the Attorney General (A-G) to respond to the motion filed for bail by the counsel for Kwasi Kyei Darkwa, popularly called KKD.
Mrs Cynthia Lamptey, Acting Director, Public Prosecution told the court presided over by Mr Kofi Essel Mensah that A-G was served with the motion late yesterday around 1600 hours and could not respond on time.
Court adjourns Alhaji Dawood's case
Accra, Jan. 7, GNA - An Accra Circuit Court presided over by Mr Francis Obiri on Wednesday adjourned the case involving Alhaji Dawood Mohammed, a businessman, been held for abetment to enable the state conclude investigations into the matter.
The case has been adjourned to January, 21.
Former National Service Boss' case adjourned
Accra, Jan. 8, GNA - A Fast Track High Court (Tax and Financial) Division on Thursday adjourned the case involving Alhaji Alhassan Mohammed Imoro, a former Executive Director of the National Service Scheme (NSS), to February 10.
The court adjourned the case after the State, represented by Senior State Attorney, Comfort Tasiame, prayed the court for a four-week adjournment to allow the prosecution to complete its investigations.
Court adjourns Labour Unions case to January 26
Accra, Jan. 20, GNA - The Industrial and Labour Court on Tuesday adjourned hearing of the case involving government and the 12 labour unions to January 26.
The adjournment was as a result of a motion filed by the Bank of Ghana to set aside a counter-claim filed against them by the 12 defendants.
Court dismisses conditional appearance suit against Disabled Federation
Accra, Jan. 16, GNA - An Accra Human Rights court has dismissed the conditional appearance suit filed against the Disabled Federation by the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).
The Disabled Federation sued the GCCA, Antrak Air, Starbow and Africa World Airlines last year over their refusal to airlift a physically challenged person.
Court adjourns Banka Chief's case to Feb. 4
Accra Jan 15, GNA - A High Court in Accra has adjourned the case in which Nana Osabarima Twiampomah III, Chief of Banka, was alleged to have misappropriated $150,000, belonging to his subjects, to February 4, 2015.
The case was adjourned for the prosecution to execute the order made by the court for Stanbic Bank to produce the original cheque for examination.
State to serve KKD with documents
Accra, Jan 22, GNA - A Kaneshie District Court, presided over by Mrs Adwoa Akyaamaa Ofosu, has adjourned to January 29, the case involving Kwasi Kyei Darkwah, a.k.a KKD, to enable the prosecution serve the accused person with summary of evidence.
The adjournment was also to enable the state serve KKD with bill of indictment.
Court remands alleged Nigerian pirates
Accra, Jan. 27, GNA - The Adjabeng District Magistrate Court in Accra has adjourned to February 11, the case involving the alleged eight Nigerian pirates.
The accused persons are Molih Williams, Molih Klinsman, Peggy Aki, Ebiyaibo Amos, David Jacobs, Apetimiyi Oyinie, Pinano Saniyo and Picolo John, all unemployed.
The State yet to assign a court for Bawjiase case
Accra, Feb. 4, GNA - The State is yet to assign a court to hear the case involving Mrs Emma Boafo Yeboah founder of the Countryside Children's Welfare Home at Bawjiase in the Central Region.
When the accused person, together with her accomplice were brought to the Gender based violence court at Cocoa Affairs, the case was not called but State prosecutors were working around the clock for a court to be assigned.
KKD to visit a clinical psychologist
Accra, Feb. 12, GNA - Medical reports sent to the Kaneshie District Court, presided over by Mrs Adwoa Akyaamaa Ofosu, hearing the case involving Kwasi Kyei Darkwah, a.k.a KKD, has recommended that the accused person needed to visit a clinical psychologist.
Ms Suzana Nyarko, who held the brief for Tony Forson, the counsel for the accused person, told the court that KKD visited the hospital for his review session yesterday and it was recommended he sees a psychologist today.
Counsel for pirates to get access to clients
Accra, Feb. 19, GNA - An Accra District Court, presided over by Ms Efua Sackey, has ordered the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) to grant access to the counsel for the alleged eight Nigerian pirates to meet them.
As part of the order, Mr Uche Nwosu, the counsel for the accused persons, would have the opportunity to have conference with his client, twice a week on Tuesday and Friday from 0900 hours 1400 hours.
State presents sixth witness in GYEEDA case
Accra, Feb. 23. GNA - The State has presented its sixth prosecution witness in the trial of Abuga Pele, the former National Co-ordinator, GYEEDA and Philip Akpeena Assibit, a representative from Goodwill International Ghana.
Mr Eric Sunu, an Accountant Officer, attached to GYEEDA told the Financial Division of the Fast Track High Court that, he prepares account, payment vouchers and cheques for the agency.
A-G, National Biosafety Authority join law suit
Accra, March 3, GNA - An Accra Fast Track High Court has joined the Attorney General together with the National Biosafety Authority to a law suit filed by Food Sovereignty Ghana.
Initially, the suit was against the National Biosafety Committee and the Ministry of Food And Agriculture.
State substitute facts and charges in piracy case
Accra, March 5, GNA - The State on Thursday at the Accra magistrate Court substituted the fact sheets concerning the alleged Nigerian pirates following the arrest of two additional persons.
Initially, the state charged eight persons for piracy but with the arrest of the two other accused persons the number of the suspected pirates is now 10 while two are at large.
Court acquits and discharges Woyome
Accra, March 12, GNA - The Fast Track High Court trying Mr Alfred Agbesi Woyome, a businessman, for defrauding by false pretense and causing financial loss to the state, acquitted and discharged him on Thursday.
At the premises of the Cocoa Affairs Court, where judgement was pronounced, Ghana News Agency observed a heavy security presence with police armored cars parked outside.
Assibit is not a managing consultant-witness
Accra, March 17, GNA - A witness in the GYEEDA case has revealed that Mr Philip Akpeena Assibit had introduced himself as the managing consultant for the Management Development and Productivity Institute (MDPI) in a letter he wrote to GYEEDA.
Mr Abuga Pele, the former National Co-ordinator of GYEEDA and Mr Assibit, a representative of Goodwill International Group (GIG), are facing various charges of causing financial loss of 41.1 million Ghana cedis to the state.
State awaits advice from A-G in piracy case
Accra, March 20, GNA - The Adjabeng District Magistrate's Court has adjourned to April 1, the case involving the alleged eight Nigerian and two Ghanaian pirates.
The case was adjourned because the State was waiting for the advice of the Attorney-General's Department on the duplicate docket.
Court grants bail to suspects in Recruitment scam fraud
Accra, March 23, GNA - An Accra Circuit Court presided over by Mr Aboagye Tandoh on Monday granted Alifa Adams and Joseph Awuni Seidu, two key suspects in the recent police recruitment scam, bail in the sum of GH¢ 500,000 each with two sureties.
One of the two sureties should be a top public servant, who earns not less than GHâ‚µ1,500.00.
S. C. directs A-G to retrieve Woyome cash
Accra, March 31, GNA - The Supreme Court has unanimously granted the Attorney General the capacity to execute the court's judgment ordering Mr Alfred Abgesi Woyome, a businessman to refund the GHâ‚µ 51 million judgement debt paid him by the state.
The panel of nine judges chaired by Chief Justices, Mrs Georgina Theodora Wood, warned that a higher crime could be committed if Mr Woyome refuses to refund the money.
GMO case adjourned to May 4
Accra, April 2, GNA - An Accra Fast Track High Court, has adjourned to May 4, the case involving Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG), the Attorney General (A-G) and the National Biosafety Authority.
The adjournment was to enable the defendants-A-G and the National Biosafety Authority and others to file an affidavit in opposition to the suit.
Prophet Nkansah jailed one month
Accra, May 6, GNA - Prophet Daniel Nkansah, a former presidential aspirant and founder of the New Vision Pentecostal Church in Accra, has been sentenced to a month's imprisonment for conspiracy to cause unlawful damage.
He is also be fined 150 penalty units (GHâ‚µ1, 8000.00) or in default serve 12 months imprisonment.
Gabass counsel files appeal against submission of no case
Accra, May 13, GNA - An Accra Circuit Court on Wednesday adjourned to May 18 to enable the defence council of Dr Sulley Ali Gabass, medical practitioner, accused of sodomising, a 16-year-old Senior High School student to move a motion.
The defence counsel had filed a motion for stay of proceedings pending an application for appeal, filed on Tuesday, May 12 at the High Court against a ruling on the submission of no case.
Court refuses bail for the alleged African Americans killers
Accra, May 15, GNA - An Accra Central Magistrates' Court, presided over by Madam Veronique Abena Praba Manfort, on Thursday refused bail application for six people connected with the murder of two African-Americans at Fihankra, near Akwamufie in the Eastern Region.
The six people, who were charged for conspiracy to commit crime and murder, are Anokye Yaw Frimpong, a Driver; Nana Appia-Nti III, a Mechanic; Nana Obiri Yeboah, a Farmer; Brenda Kareema Mohammed, a Pensioner; Yazid Alazim Mohammed, a Businessman; and Mensah Kamaugogo Muata, a Surgeon Assistant.
Court remands Gregory Afoko for alleged murder
Accra, May 26, GNA - An Accra Central Magistrates' Court, presided over By Mr Worlanyo Kotoku has refused a bail application filed by the counsel for Gregory Afoko, charged for conspiracy to commit crime and murder.
The accused person together with one Asabke Alangdi, now at large, have been accused of murdering the late Adams Mahama, former Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Ghana Post MD in court for stealing
Accra, June 3, GNA - Charles Asamany, Managing Director (MD) of Ghana Post, Madina Branch who is accused of stealing GHâ‚µ 86,801.84 belonging to his employers on Wednesday appeared before a Circuit Court in Accra.
Asamany, has denied the charge of stealing and the court presided over by Ms Ellen Vivian Amoah has admitted him to bail.
Court admits CPP into GMO case
Accra, June 8, GNA - An Accra Fast Track High Court has granted the application filed by the Convention People's Party (CPP) to join the case involving Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG), the Attorney General (A-G) and others.
The CPP now becomes the second plaintiff in the case alongside FSG.
Assibit goes to Appeals Court for stay of execution
Accra, July 13, GNA - Mr Philip Akpeena Assibit, an accused person standing trial in the GYEEDA case, has filed an application for stay of execution at the Appeals Court against the ruling asking him to open his defence.
The accused person had earlier filed submission of no case, which was rejected by the Court.
Dr Gabass jailed 25 years for defilement
Accra, July 13, GNA -Sulley Ali Gabass, a senior medical practitioner accused of sodomizing a 16-year-old Senior High School student, was on Monday sentenced to 25 years imprisonment by an Accra Circuit Court.
This was after the Court presided over by Mrs Rita Agyemang Budu found Gabass, a gynecologist, guilty on the charge of defilement.
Assibit's appeal hearing adjourned sine die
Accra, July 29, GNA - The Court of Appeal on Wednesday adjourned an applications filed on behalf of Mr Philip Akpeena Assibit, an accused person standing trial in the GYEEDA case, sine die.
Mr Raymond Bagnabu, Counsel for the accused person, told the Court presided over by Justice Mrs Barbara Ackah- Yensu, Judge of Court of Appeal, that information gathered indicates that the State Attorneys would not end their strike any moment soon.
Jury to determine Johnson Kombians Fate
Accra, Aug. 18, GNA - A seven member jury is expected on August 19, to determine the fate of Johnson Kombian the farmer and businessman who is accused of killing two police officers in the Northern Region.
Kombian is being held for murder and conspiracy to commit crime to wit murder.
Kombian to appeal against death verdict
Accra, Aug. 20, GNA - Johnson Kombian farmer and businessman who is to be hanged for killing two police officers says he is dissatisfied with the verdict of the seven- member jury and would therefore launch an appeal.
According to Kombian he did not get the justice he deserved hence 'he is aggrieved and had instructed me to launch an appeal against his conviction and sentence,' Mr George Asamaney lawyer for Kombian told the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Accra on Thursday.
AG opposes Order of Certiorari on behalf of Charles Antwi
Accra, Aug. 21, GNA - The Attorney General has opposed an order of Certiorari filed on behalf of Charles Antwi, the gunman who visited the President's Church with an intent to kill him.
The Attorney General (AG) contended that it had already appealed against the decision of the Circuit Court that convicted Antwi at an Accra High Court and the appeal was being heard.
Court to rule on Charles Antwi's case
Accra, Aug. 25, GNA - An Accra High Court would on August 31, rule on an order of Certiorari filed on behalf of Charles Antwi, the gunman who visited the President's Church with the intent to kill him.
The court fixed the date after listening to Mr Francis Xavier Sosu, who represented Charles Antwi and the Mental Health Authority and the State which was represented by Mrs Evelyn Keelson.
Justice Dery sues Anas, CJ and Attorney General
Accra, Sept. 14, GNA - Justice Paul Uuter Dery, one of the High Court Judges, who was caught allegedly taking bribes in the corruption expose' in Ghana's judiciary, has sued the investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
Justice Derry, who filed the suit at the Accra Fast Track High Court, has also sued the Chief Justice Mrs Georgina Theodora Wood and the Attorney General, as defendants.
Indicted judges and magistrates files for interlocutory order
Accra, Sept 15, GNA - Some of the indicted judges and magistrates implicated in the corruption tape have filed a motion on notice for an interlocutory order of injunction restraining the Judicial Council from continuing with the proceedings.
The order filed at the Fast Track High Court is seeking to restrain the defendant (Judicial Council), whether it acts by itself or through the Committee instituted by the defendant.
Justice Logoh challenges legalities of impeachment proceedings
Accra, Sept 15, GNA - Justice Mohammed Habib Logoh, a High Court Judge cited in the judicial bribery scandal has filed a writ at the High Court challenging the legality of impeachment proceedings against him.
The suit cited Tiger Eye PI, the Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood and the Attorney-General, Marietta Brew Appiah Oppong as defendants in the case.
Disciplinary Committee adjourns sitting to Sept 25
Accra, Sept. 18, GNA - The Disciplinary Committee sitting on the judicial bribery scandal has adjourned to September 25 pending an interlocutory injunction filed by some of the judges and magistrates cited in the audio-visual recording.
The five-member Committee was constituted to investigate the petition against the 22 judges and magistrates and it was chaired by a justice of the Supreme Court.
Court dismisses preliminary objection against CJ's committee
Accra, Sept. 25, GNA - An Accra High Court has dismissed a preliminary objection raised by lawyers of the 14 judges and magistrates implicated in the judicial scandal over a motion filed by the State to struck out pleadings of the plaintiffs.
The 14 judges and magistrates were against the disciplinary committee set up by the Chief Justice.
Court upholds motion against embattled judges and magistrates
Accra, Sept. 30, GNA - An Accra High Court has upheld a motion filed by the state on notice to strike out the pleadings of the 14 judges and magistrates implicated in the judicial scandal.
The 14 judges and magistrates were against the disciplinary committee set up by the Chief Justice.
Trial over alleged Asamoah Gyan Sex tape begins
Accra, Oct 15, GNA - Sarah Kwablah a student in the alleged Asamoah Gyan sex tape saga on Thursday appeared before an Accra Circuit Court.
The court had issued a bench warrant to arrest her following her non-appearance in previous sitting when three other accomplices were put before the court.
UK Based Pastor discharged over murder charges
Accra, Oct. 28, GNA - Pastor Eric Adusah, a United Kingdom based pastor accused of killing Charmaine Speirs, his British wife, was on Wednesday discharged by a District Magistrate Court in Accra.
The Court, presided over by Ms Mavis Ekua E. Kwainoe, discharged Pastor Adusah based on advice from the Attorney General's Department to discharge him. This is because evidence gathered did not implicate the pastor.
Court dismisses GMO case
Accra, Oct. 29, GNA - An Accra Fast Track High Court has refused a request by the Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG), a food advocacy organization to suspend the commercialisation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) cowpeas and rice.
The High Court has therefore dismissed the suit filed against the National Biosafety Committee, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, and the Attorney General (A-G) over the commercialization of the GMO cereals.
Bishop Obinim acquitted and discharged
Accra, Oct. 29, GNA - Bishop Daniel Kwadwo Obinim, Founder of Godsway International Ministry, who was accused vandalising an Accra based radio station 'Hot FM,' in 2011 was on Thursday acquitted and discharged by a High Court in Accra.
The Court explained that the prosecution failed to prove its case against Bishop Obinim.
Ekow Micah Freed over drug related charge
Accra, Nov. 30, GNA - Ekow Micah, the ace musician who was accused of possessing 127 grammes of cannabis sativa was on Monday acquitted and discharged by an Accra Circuit Court.
The court presided over by Mr Aboagye Tandoh was of the view that the prosecution failed to make a case against Micah.
I cannot tell whether or not Gyan had sex with Sarah - Witness
Accra, Nov. 30, GNA - A prosecution witness on Monday said he could not tell whether or not black star Skipper Captain Asamoah Gyan had sex with Sarah Kwablah.
Samuel Anim Addo told an Accra Circuit Court that because he did not enter the apartment of Sarah he could not tell what went on there when he and three others paid her a visit.
Supreme Court orders Speaker to take oath of President
Accra, Dec. 3, GNA - The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the Speaker of Parliament, Mr Edward Doe Adjaho to take the Oath of the President anytime he acts in that capacity.
The Court in a unanimous decision declared that the Speaker violated the constitution when he declined to take the oath of the office as President in the absence of the President.
Judicial Council removes 20 judges from office for bribery
Accra, Dec. 8, GNA - The Judicial Council has unanimously removed from office 20 out of the 21 judges and magistrates cited in the TigereyePI petition to the Chief Justice.
Some of the judges of the lower bench were removed from office under article 151 (1) of the 1992 Constitution without benefits and others with benefits.
Court issues bench warrant for the arrest of NPP suspects
Accra, Dec 8, GNA - An Accra Circuit Court on Tuesday issued a bench warrant for the arrest of five out of the 11 New Patriotic Party (NPP) supporters arrested in relation to the ransacking of the party's headquarters.
When the case was called on Tuesday, December 8, only six out of the 11 were present.
Woyome Appeal adjourned
Accra Dec. 8, GNA - The Court of Appeal has adjourned to January 12, next year, an appeal filed by the state in relation to Alfred Woyome acquittal in the 51 million cedis case.
On January 12, the Court of Appeal is expected to announce the date for judgment in the matter.
GYEEDA case adjourned to Jan 27, 2016
Accra, Dec. 21, GNA - A Financial Court, hearing the case involving Abuga Pele, a former Co-ordinator of the National Youth Employment Programme and Philip Assibit, a representative of Goodwill International Ghana, has adjourned the matter to January 27, 2016.
The court adjourned the case because one of the accused persons (Philip) has appealed against an earlier ruling asking him to open his defence.
PURC, CPA case over tariffs to be heard on January 8
Accra, Dec. 21, GNA - A suit filed by the Consumer Protection Agency (CPA) seeking to set aside the 59.2 per cent increase in electricity tarrif announced by the Public Utility Regulatory Commission (PURC) has been adjourned to January 8.
The adjournment came after lawyers for CPA and PURC appeared before the Accra High Court on Monday.
Bill of Indictment on Afoko January next year
Accra, Dec. 21, GNA - The Attorney General's Department says the bill of indictment on Gregory Afoko, who allegedly poured acid on the late Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Adams Mahama would be ready in January.
Fred Awindago from the Department told an Accra District Magistrate Court on Monday, after the court had declined to grant bail to Afoko who is being held on the charge of murder.
Wisa pleads not guilty to gross indecent exposure
Accra Dec. 30, GNA- Eugene Ashe aka Wisa a musician who allegedly exposed his penis while dancing on stage at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC), has appeared before a Circuit Court in Accra.
Ashe charged with gross indecency exposure has pleaded not guilty