‘Hercules’ Victim Goes Partially Deaf
The truck driver who was caged by the Central Regional Minister, Samuel ‘Hercules No. 2′ Sarpong, at the Kasoa Police Station, has narrated how he suffered at the hands of the regional political head and his boys, claiming that he was heavily assaulted by the group, making it hard for him to hear properly.
‘I was turned into a punching bag by the Minister. He gave me some hefty slaps, while his bodyguard and driver knocked my ribs and tummy with blows I have never experienced in my life, before dragging me into his vehicle to lock me up at the Kasoa Police Station,’ the sad-looking tipper truck driver explained.
Yaw Owusu made this observation in an interview with The Chronicle on Thursday moments after the Kasoa police granted him bail.
The 43-year-old truck driver looked a heartbroken man, with tears flowing down his checks while narrating his ordeal. ‘At one point, while in police custody, I thought all hope was gone. I was not hearing anything from my employers, as well as the union I belonged to,’ he said.
Put behind bars
Yaw Owusu, a worker with Henry Goldberg Haulage, on Tuesday afternoon, was put behind bars at Kasoa Police Station on the orders of the Central Regional Minister until he pays GH ¢ 6,437.24, being the cost of damage done to the vehicle of the regional political head.
The Toyota Land Cruiser, with registration number GB 265 -12, and the tipper truck with registration number GS 7484 -12, were involved in an accident on the Winneba-Kasoa road, resulting in minor damage to the right front door of the minister’s vehicle.
Yaw Owusu’s employers insisted not honouring that payment until investigations into the accident were conducted by the police.
‘Bodyguard wanted to please me’
http://thechronicle.com.gh/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/122.jpg But the beleaguered Minister has denied demanding such an amount of money from Yaw Owusu, since there was insurance covering his vehicle.
When told that his bodyguard was on record to have said he was under instructions from him (Regional Minister) to witness the payment of the cost of damage done to his vehicle before seeing to the release of the truck driver, Samuel ‘Hercules No. 2′ Sarpong said such a directive was never made.
‘Maybe my bodyguard wanted to please me, that is why he insisted in witnessing payment of the cost of damage done to my Land Cruiser,’ he asserted. He also denied ever assaulting the truck driver, including his boys.
Commenting further, Yaw Owusu told The Chronicle that he could not hear properly with his left ear as a result of the hefty slaps he received from the Minister, and had to pay particular attention to the questions being asked with his right ear throughout the interview.
Similar to what his assistant, Ernest Kwabena Kyeremeh, had earlier told The Chronicle , the truck driver said they were returning from Akoti on the Winneba-Kasoa road with their truck loaded with sand, when they met their ordeal at the hands of ‘Hercules No. 2′ at a location near Senya Bereku.
‘There was an accident ahead of us which had caused traffic jam. I joined the traffic jam, and when I looked into my driving mirror, I saw quite a number of cars behind me. Then all of a sudden, I saw a Land Cruiser far away from behind overtaking the other vehicles. Just as I was about to join the queue, suddenly the Land Cruiser veered in front of my truck with some part of its rear exposed to the other lane. So, I veered little off the lane to my right to make way for the Land Cruiser to straighten itself. I then asked the driver why he drove so carelessly.
‘A police officer who was seated in the front of the vehicle immediately retorted and demanded whether my truck does not have a brake,’ he noted.
According to Yaw Owusu, he responded in equal terms, and asked, ‘If the truck does not have a brake, is that the way to drive? Then he (bodyguard) responded; ‘go away’, and again demanded if I had a driving license. So, I told him that I wouldn’t drive this truck if I had no driving license.
‘So, the police officer got down from the Land Cruiser, walked towards me while I was in the truck, opened my door, and pulled me down from the truck. At that time, I had not pulled my hand brake, and so the truck was still in motion and knocked the front right door of the Land Cruiser. Following the knock, a thick-tall handsome man got down from the vehicle and started shouting; ‘look at the nasty thing that you have done.’ He then started slapping me from left and right, while I was still in the grips of the policeman [bodyguard]. Their driver then joined the fray to beat me up before pulling me inside their vehicle. The thick-tall man then ordered his driver to put on the siren and drive straight to Kasoa Police station, where they locked me up.
I did not see them again. It was at the police station that I got to know that the thick man was the Central Regional Minister,’ narrated the truck driver.
According to Yaw Owusu, for the three days that he languished in police cells, he did not take any food because of the pains he experienced as a result of the knocks he received in his tummy and ribs from the Minister and his boys. Stay tuned.
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