Prophet Daniel Yaw Nkansah
THE INABILITY of court bailiffs to serve the Attorney General’s Department has prevented efforts to move an application for bail for Prophet Daniel Yaw Nkansah.
The leader of the New Vision Party (NVP) and founder of the New Vision Pentecostal Church was recently slapped with a six-month jail term for contempt by an Accra High Court.
The court, presided over by Justice Peter Dei-Offei, found Prophet Nkansah guilty of the offence with no option of a fine, after he had disobeyed the court’s order.
His conviction followed a long trial interspersed with many adjournments at the instance of Prophet Nkansah himself.
The controversial man of God cum politician last week filed a motion for stay of execution in respect of his conviction, pending an appeal.
He had argued that the judgement obtained by one Mrs. Sikiratu Obe against him in a land litigation was obtained by fraud.
However, at the hearing of the case yesterday, the trial judge did not allow Yaw Anokye Frimpong, counsel for Prophet Nkansh who had wanted to move an application for bail, to do so.
This was after the court had discovered that there was no proof of service.
The judge ordered counsel to serve the Attorney General’s Department a fresh hearing notice, and accordingly adjourned the case to July 3.
Meanwhile, counsel for Prophet Nkansah in a telephone interview with DAILY GUIDE yesterday said, ‘I went to the court to move an application for bail pending appeal but the judge did not allow me to do it because it was discovered that there was no proof of service of the notice.’
Mr. Anokye Frimpong further stated: ‘One of the court clerks drew the attention of the judge to the fact that the Attorney General had been served as far back as June 23, 2013, meaning we have satisfied the mandatory three days.’
He explained that the bailiffs had rather ‘not filed the proof of service at the court and also brought it late when the court was sitting.’
Court Order Disobeyed Prophet Nkansah incurred the wrath of the judge after he (Nkansah) had prevented the applicant, one Mrs. Obe, from enforcing the substantive judgement she had won against him.
The conviction was based on the fact that after bailiffs had executed the judgement in favour of the applicant by locking up shops wrongfully erected on her land at Bubuashie, a suburb of Accra, Prophet
Nkansah organised his boys to re-open the shops and prevented the applicant from repossessing her property.
In convicting the 2008 presidential candidate of the NVP, the court said it had noted Prophet Nkansah’s arrogance and lack of remorse for his conduct.
The trial judge, however, said he had considered the passionate plea for leniency by the accused person’s counsel to temper justice with mercy and accordingly handed him the six-month jail term.
The NVP presidential hopeful is currently standing trial for myriad offences including robbery, at the Accra Circuit Court One.
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BY Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson
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