KKD should have been arrested on bench warrant – Prosecutor


The prosecutor at the hearing of the rape charge against Kwesi Kyei Darkwah (KKD) has said the court should have issued a bench warrant for his arrest for being absent in court.

KKD’s lawyers announced to the court that he was absent from the court on medical grounds.

The Kaneshie District Court, presided over by Mrs Adwoa Akyaamaa Ofosu, therefore, adjourned to February 12, the case to enable the accused person produce a medical report to the court.

Mr Tony Forson, Counsel for the accused person told the court that, he had been informed that his client had been admitted to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital Wednesday night and that a medical report is being prepared to be forwarded to the court.

He said he was given bed rest at the Hospital after he was rushed there.

The court was to end the committal process at the District Court to enable trial to begin at the High Court.  However the accused was absent at Thursday’s sitting.

He is being held for allegedly raping a 19-year-old woman, an offence he has denied.

Mrs Cynthia Lamptey, acting Director of Public Prosecutions, said as the accused person was absent, it was only proper to ask the court for a bench warrant to arrest him.

“We will take the words of our colleague but next time, they should do the proper thing of presenting a medical report,” she added.

The judge urged the counsel for the accused to ensure that the medical report reached the court with the stated number of days he was excused.

A human rights court in Accra has granted him bail on humanitarian grounds in the sum of GH¢20,000 with two sureties.

The court granted the bail because counsel for the accused person filed supplementary affidavits on January 6 and another affidavits on January 8, 2015 supported by a medical report.

The Airport Police arrested KKD on December 27, 2014 after the 19-year-old accused him of raping her in a hotel washroom.

Source: GNA

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