The Ejisu Magistrate’s Court witnessed drama when a taxi driver accused of attacking police personnel and damaging cell gate begged for pardon in tears.
The thirty-seven-year-old rasta, Akwasi Opoku, nick-named ‘Ejisu Most Strongest,’ knelt in the dock, and pleaded with the magistrate to temper justice with mercy.
He was joined in court by his wife and their two-month-old baby in his second appearance on multiple charges, having been convicted of one earlier on the first day, Tuesday.
Opoku faced four counts of causing damage to the police cells, breaching traffic regulations, resisting arrest and assaulting public officers.
He pleaded guilty to causing damage but pleaded not guilty to the three other counts. The court sentenced him to a fine of È¼3600 or 18 months’ imprisonment in default.
The court subsequently slapped him with a È¼240 fine or 4-months in default for breaching traffic regulations contrary to Road Traffic Act 2004 upon his own plea.
In all, he was fined È¼3,840 or in default 22 months’ imprisonment.
He got a pardon for the two remaining counts from the court presided by Jacob Amponsah after Ejisu Municipal Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Laar Baman, told the court he had forgiven the taxi driver for attacking him.
The police chief later told Nhyira Fm his decision to plead for somebody who had assaulted him in the line of duty was informed by the fact that Opoku has been remorseful.
“It is not surprising because to be assaulted by an offender is normal with our job. It is part of the day-to-day hazards that we face. It could even be at the peril of my life but I have to also think largely about how he is also going to fend for his family.
“He has shown remorse. He has promised me he’s going to support me to police the town.He has promised me he will rally behind me so I don’t have to quarrel with him”
“It was his action that brought him to court; now he has shown remorse, I don’t think the court should insist that he should be incarcerated forever,” Chief Superintendent Laar Baman revealed.
Story by Ghana|myjoyonline.com
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