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Bolgatanga: Man remanded for assaulting police officer

The man standing trial at the Bolgatanga Magistrate Court in the Upper East Region for allegedly brutalising a police officer on duty was on Thursday remanded into prison custody when he made his second appearance.

Jonathan Atua allegedly beat up General Corporal Lawrence Partey stationed at the Motor Traffic and Transport Department of the Ghana Police Service in Bolgatanga on 19th October, 2018.

He was subsequently arrested on Friday October 19 and granted police inquiry bail on Sunday. He made his first appearance in court on Monday and was remanded into Navrongo Prison custody to reappear on Thursday October 25.

Charged with the offense of causing harm to a public officer, the charge he pleaded not guilty to, Mr. Atua appeared before the court on Thursday presided over by his Lordship Osman Abdul-Hackeem very remorseful.

Prosecuting, Sergeant Daniel Opoku, prayed the court not to grant the accused person bail because the victim, Corporal Partey, had been referred to Tamale Teaching Hospital for further treatment and not until his condition is better, granting bail to the accused is not appropriate.

Lawyer for the accused person, Anthony Namoo was represented in court by another lawyer, Richard Azadabra.

Though he tried hard to convince the court to grant his client bail, Mr. Azadabra was not successful as the judge accepted the plea of the prosecutor. Before remanding the accused person, His Lordship Abdul-Hackeem said the charge of assaulting a police officer in uniform was a grave one and cautioned the public to desist from such acts.

Mr. Atua is expected to appear in court on Monday, October 29, 2018. His fate is largely dependent of the recovery rate of the victim.



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