Akwasi Boateng, 23, a taxi driver with cab registration number ER 705 Y, who used abusive language on the Akim Oda Divisional Crime Officer and also attempted to knock him down with the taxi cab, was on Wednesday sentenced to a fine of GH¢100.00 by an Akim Oda magistrate court.
The court presided over by Albert Owusu Annor, further directed that failure to execute the fine, Boateng who pleaded guilty to offensive conduct conducive to breach of peace would serve a three-month prison term.
Prosecuting, Police Inspector Kingsley Antwi stated that the complainant, Superintendent Arzah Mammalieh, is the Akim Oda Police Division Crime Officer, while the accused uses his taxi cab for town services at Akim Oda in the Birim Central Municipality.
Inspector Antwi stated further that on September 18, this year at about 1930 hours, Superintendent Mammalieh visited the Akim Oda District Police cells and later went to the Municipal Assembly where he hired the taxi driven by Boateng to pick him to his residence at Amantra, a suburb of Akim Oda.
He explained that “Dropping” at Akim Oda costs GH¢1.50 and that when the Divisional Crime Officer gave the driver GH¢2.00, he refused to give the change of GHp50, and also switched off the car’s lights to prevent the officer from taking his vehicle registration number.
According to the prosecutor, when Superintendent Mammalieh tried to use his mobile phone light to view the front registration number, Boateng furiously moved the vehicle with the intent of knocking him down, but the officer jump to safety.
He added that Boateng then rained insults on the complainant, saying “Have you ever bought a tyre of a vehicle before? You old man, get away from me.”
Superintendent Mammalieh later made a report to the Police and Boateng was arrested.