4 December 2012

Ghana: Two in Court for Lynching

An unemployed and an electrician are standing trial at an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly lynching of a mechanic.

The accused persons, Ali Moro and Med Mutar, allegedly lynched the complainant over the accusation that he was keeping someone they had planned to beat.

The accused persons, who live in the same vicinity with the complainant, allegedly attacked him with cutlass and sticks, leaving him with severe injuries.

They pleaded not guilty to the charges of conspiracy to commit crime, contrary to section 23 (1) and section 69 of act 29/60, and causing harm, contrary to section 69 of Act 29/60, when they appeared before the court, presided over by Mr. Ebenezer Osei Darko.

The court admitted them to bail in the sum of GH¢10,000 with two sureties each. They are expected to make their next appearance on December 20, 2012.

The fact are that on October 9, 2012, at about the 7:00 pm, the accused persons, together with their friend, went to the complainant to confront him to release to them a young man they had wanted to lynch, but had managed to run away from them.

The Prosecutor, Chief Inspector A. Afetsi recounted to the court that the accused persons told the complainant they suspected the young man was hiding in the house and threatened to kill him if he fails to produce him to them.

"The complainant told them, no one had entered the house. This did not go well with the accused person and their friends, so they subjected the complainant to severe beating but the complainant did not report to the police", the prosecutor told the court.

He further noted that on October 11, 2012, at about 2:00pm, while the complainant and a witness were walking along the road within the vicinity, they saw the accused persons and their friend carrying offensive weapons such as knife, sticks and metal bars, looking for the complainant to attack.

Chief Inspector Afetsi stated that without any provocation whatsoever, the accused persons and their friends attacked the complainant and his friend and beat him up with those weapons.

According to him, the complainant had a deep cutlass wound on his head and began bleeding, adding that the complainant was rushed to the Kotobabi Police Station, where he lodged a complaint against the accused persons.

"He was issued with medical form to attend hospital for treatment, the accused persons have gone into hiding, until on November 6, 2012, when the complainant spotted them and informed the police", the Prosecutor pointed out.

He said on November 7, 2012, the complainant identified the accused persons to the police, who then arrested them and further sent them to the Kotobabi Police Station.

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