KNUST student, and the Policeman accused of ganged-raping a student denied bail again

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) final-year student and the detained police officer who ganged-raped a student have been denied bail a second time.

L/Cpl. Frank Adu Poku and Joel Osei Owusu were apprehended on Friday, July 22, after they are accused of gang-raping a first-year University student on Tuesday, July 19, 2022.

They were remanded into police custody after their initial court appearance on Thursday, July 28 before the Asokore Mampong District Court.

The attorneys for the accused emphasized to the court at their Tuesday appearance that their clients ought to be given bail.

The KNUST student’s legal counsel claimed that his client’s ongoing detention on the basis of a “mere allegation” is a breach of his rights and liberties.

According to the lawyer for the detained police officer, Kwaku Yeboah Akowuah, since the docket has been forwarded to the office of the Attorney General, he has presumed the police have finished their inquiries and there is no longer a reason to keep his client in detention.

He continued by saying that since the police are also aware of his client’s regular residence, bail should be given in exchange for his cooperation with them and his promise to appear in court.

The prosecution, however, disagreed with the defendants’ contention.

ACP Kofi Blagodzi, head of legal and prosecution, emphasized that the police are still looking into the issue.

He also informed the court that the student’s suspension was already being processed, therefore the court did not need to issue bail for the student to go and take his examinations.

After hearing from all parties, the magistrate Buabin Quansah denied bail.

He clarified that the issue has a public interest component.

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Following the court proceedings, ACP Kofi Blagodzi stated that the Attorney General’s office worked rapidly to provide its advise on the subject in order to guarantee the committal processes started as soon as feasible. This was due to the public interest linked with the case, he added.

“The lawyers for the accused persons repeated the application for bail, and I drew the court’s attention that my Lord has no jurisdiction to grant bail in respect of this matter. Because this is a first-degree felony offence of rape, I made my Lord aware that they know the appropriate forum that they have to make such an application. This forum is not convenient.

“That’s what I made my lord aware of, and my lord has heard my submission and remanded them. In respect of this matter, the Attorney General is very much aware of the public interest, so they are also working very speedily to come and proceed with the committal proceedings. So this is what I made the court aware of. The police officer has been interdicted,” he told Accra-based CitiNews.

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