Amanor, 3 Others Granted GH¢240,000 Bail
An Accra Circuit Court has granted Lance Corporal Godzi Frederick Amanor (aka Skalla) and three others bail of GH¢60,000 each. In addition, the accused persons are to provide two sureties who earn not less than GH¢500 and gainfully employed.
The police officer was charged with assault, while the other three accused persons were charged with abetment of crime.
The three include Jocelyn Kukuaa Faka, Operations Manager at Midland Savings and Loans, Shirley Portia Anaman, Customer Service personnel, and Prince Ayensu, a driver, who are also employees of the bank.
The court, presided over by Mrs Jane Harriet Akweley Quaye, granted the bail in the absence of Madam Patience Osafo, the complaint, when lawyers of the accused prayed the court to grant their clients bail.
Counsel for Lance Corporal Amanor, first accused, prayed the court to grant his client bail on the strength of Article 19 (2) (c) of the 1992 Constitution, which states that a person charged with a criminal offence shall be presumed to be innocent until proven or has pleaded guilty.
Counsel, again, argued that his client is a police officer, and also has his parents to stand in as sureties. The judge, however, didn’t accept a plea on the grounds of remorse.
Counsel for the second, third and fourth accused persons also prayed the court for bail on the grounds of fair trial, good conduct and the availability of sureties.
The Accra Circuit Court remanded Lance Corporal Godzi Frederick Amanor (aka Skalla), the police officer who allegedly assaulted a woman at Midlands Savings and Loans on July 27, 2018.
He was charged with assault during his appearance at the court, presided over by Mrs Jane Harriet Akweley Quaye, but pleaded not guilty, and was remanded to reappear on August 9, 2018.
Skalla was captured in a viral video assaulting 36-year-old Patience Osafo, whilst she was carrying a baby at the Shiashie branch of Midland Savings and Loans.
Members of the public expressed outrage over the incident, and, subsequently, the policeman was arrested and placed in custody whilst investigations into the case started.