Drama unfolded within the corridors of the Isleworth Crown Court, London, UK, when one Gloria Bartels, a lady claiming to be related to beleaguered Nayele Ametefeh, the woman at the centre of the cocaine saga who was sentenced to an 8yr jail-term on Tuesday, took the law into her own hands and attacked PeaceFM’s accredited correspondent covering the trial.
Gloria, who claims to be the busted cocaine lady’s family member, was obviously unenthused that a Ghanaian journalist was feeding her audience back home with water mouthing news which has dented Ghana’s image and verbally attacked PeaceFM’s Vida Adutwumwaa, whiles the latter was busily filing a report of the day’s proceedings.
A clearly outrage Gloria Bartels, who perhaps could not understand the unbridled huge interest back home in Ghana and the Ghanaian community in the UK in Ruby’s case, in a fit of uncontrolled anger, snatched and confiscated Peacefm’s correspondents’ notepad in which she had written down her points for the report.
She shamelessly interrupted the live report saying, “you have no right to do that on radio” and further tried to physically assault the journalist.
She was then heard clearly in the background, questioning the reporter’s and the station’s interest in the trial whiles Vida demanded her notebook back.
“I am a staff of PeaceFM and an accredited reporter so i demand you give me back my notebook….on whose authority have you seized my notebook?” Vida Adutwumwaa quizzed.
“I’m a relative of Ruby….why this interest in the trial? Is she the only Ghanaian nabbed for this offence in the UK?..I’m Gloria Bartels…you have no right to do that (report on radio),” Ruby’s relative shot back.
Despite her efforts, she could not curtail the live radio report, as some members of the crowd who thronged the court premises, jumped to the defence of the journalist and hooted at her (Gloria’s) action.
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