Sergeant Ebenezer Akrofi, the policeman, who ran his unregistered motorcycle into
the Nissan Micra saloon vehicle belonging to New Times Corporation (NTC),
on March 14, 2019, was yesterday convicted to a fine of GH¢600.00 by the La District
Akrofi, who was convicted on his own plea of guilty by the court presided by Mrs
Juliet Osei-Duedu, will in default serve six months in prison.
traffic offence led to the alleged assault of Malik Sullemana, a court
reporter, Raissa Sambou, gender and human rights reporter, Mr Salifu
Abdul-Rahaman, Assistant Senior Editor, all journalists of the Ghanaian
policeman earlier on April 3, this year, pleaded not guilty to all six charges
levelled against him, including careless and inconsiderate riding, use of
motor cycle without licence and use of motorcycle without roadworthy
were the use of unregistered motorcycle, use of motorcycle without insurance
policy and failing to stop.
proceedings yesterday, Gen Sgt Akrofi, whose lawyer could not show up, pleaded
the court to tamper justice with mercy, explaining that he had been interdicted
by the Ghana Police Service, that he is married with three children, and the
fact that the family was expecting the fourth child.
explained to Akrofi, 36 that his plea of not guilty when he was arraigned, meant
that the charges preferred against him by the prosecution were false.
Inspector Paul Osei Adjei, prosecuting, told the court that on March 14, this
year, Akrofi was riding the unregistered Scooter from Accra Regional headquarters
towards Accra High Court.
on reaching a section of the road, in-front of the Accra Technical University
near the Ghana Publishing Traffic Light, all vehicles including the one with
registration No. GT 7015-16, being driven by a staff of NTC stopped because the
light had indicated red.
Insp. Adjei said the accused, who was riding
in-between the vehicles, rode carelessly and grazed the offside portion of the
Nissan Micra saloon car, with registration No. GT 7015-16, causing damage to
the offside view mirror, front bumper and nearside headlamp buttons of the car and
heard that the accused was chased by Xornam Jiagge, a rider and arrested at the
Kinbu traffic light.
prosecutor told the court that Gen Sgt Akrofi presented the Scooter to the
police as the accident motorcycle, but upon interrogation, the accused said, he
found the number plate in the bag of the motorcycle, and fixed it on.
Insp. Adjei said a letter was written to the Driver
and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), where it was found out that the number
plate belonged to Royal Motors Limited and not Kymco Scooter motorcycle.
heard that the accused presented a Kymco Scooter motorcycle with registration
No. M-18 ER 723, as the motorcycle that was involved in the accident, but
investigations revealed that the number belongs to Royal Motors Ghana Limited.
3, Gen Sgt Akrofi pleaded not guilty to all the charges preferred against
him and he was granted GH¢6,000 bail with a surety.
His counsel was Charles Ofori, who held brief for Nkrabea Effah-Dartey.
BY MALIK SULLEMANA
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