The Convict, Ebenezer Asare, 32, a KIA Truck driver was standing trial in the Assin Fosu District Court for stealing and publication of false news against a senior police officer and the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Ebenezer Asare was said to have falsely accused the plaintiffs of stockpiling weapons to cause mayhem in the 2024 general elections.
He behaved abnormally in the witness box and while on remand in police custody, smeared his body with faecal matter and also drank flushed toilet water.
His unusual behaviour compelled the prosecutor, Sergeant Matilda Osaah Boabeng to pray for an order from the court to send him to the Psychiatric Hospital for an extensive medical examination and the court granted the request.
After the medical examination, the doctor’s report indicated the convict was sound in mind and fit to stand trial.
The convict later admitted that his action was a prank to deceive the police and the court to believe that he was insane so that he would be set free, since he could not face the consequences of the offence.
After the trial, he pleaded guilty to the offence and was convicted to a fine of Gh¢3,600.00 or in default, serve nine months hard labour in prison.
The convict begged for leniency in the court presided by His Lordship Major Illiasu Iddrisu but his plea was not granted.
The Prosecutor, Sergeant Matilda Osaah Boabeng told the court that, “on Sunday, February 5, 2023 the convict went to the residence of the National 1st Vice Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Assin Fosu, Mr. Smith Danquah purporting to have a crucial information for him”.
“Ebenezer Asare identified himself as a driver of a KIA Truck and usually travels from Budumburam to Assin-Dompim in the Fosu Municipality of the Central Region”.
The Prosecutor stated, that the convict said some NDC bigwigs had contracted him to transport firearms and ammunition from Budumburam to Assin-Dompim ahead of the 2024 elections.
According to the prosecution, “the convict added that the Crime Officer of the newly created Central North Regional Command, Superintendent Daniel Kwabena Darkoh, had been assigned to escort the NDC team with the alleged weapons to its appointed destination”.
In a supposed confirmation of the claims, the prosecution said the convict gave the crime officer’s telephone number to the complainant.
“After providing the said information, the convict demanded an amount of Gh¢200.00 from the complainant for having volunteered such vital information which the complainant rightly obliged to the request”.
The Prosecution said the convict remotely promised to keep updating the complainant about the movement of the team transporting the weapons and subsequently demanded monies.
Meanwhile, all efforts to hear from the Convict thereafter proved futile, Thursday, February 9, 2023, he was spotted at Assin Nyankomase and was arrested.
The Prosecution said further investigations revealed that the convict had gone to the Central North Regional Commander, DCOP Teye Cudjoe, with the same mode of operation that he had information on purported drug syndicates and demanded money to assist in apprehending the suspects.
The Prosecution revealed that the convict admitted that his action was to solicit money from unsuspecting people, including the complainant.
Source: Gnewsprime.com/ Kwame Owusu Asante Shadrack
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