Investigations conducted by this outlet uncovered that police in the Upper East Region town of Garu, have defied a district court dictate to keep convicts in its cells, instead of prison custody.
This paper is told that the convicts, Alale Jonah and Awine Jersey, are said to have some âpowerful relationsâ who are trying hard on the police to keep their kinsmen in a âdecent police cellâ instead of prison custody. The convicts, this outlet understands are final year nursing students who stole 19 computers of a public school.
Checks by this paper, revealed that the Garu district court on July 2, convicted the suspects and sentenced them to 30 days in prison with hard labor.
Â Court records sighted by this outlet revealed that His Honor, Joseph Akuoko, a Bawku district court judge with oversight responsibilities over the âvirginâGaru District court, rejected the plea of the suspects, said to be hardened criminals to a fine of 100 penalty unit each, 30 days imprisonment with hard labour.
Days of investigations by this paper revealed that court officials were allegedly pressured by relatives of the now convicts to massage the case and thus make it a âfoolishâone. But the visiting judge wouldnât take that as he is said to have received the rumor with anger upon hearing the move of the lobbyists and thus warned against anyone approaching him with such âunhealthyâ deal. A source with an in-depth knowledge of the issue disclosed that âthey were a lot of lobbyists on this very case. But the judge was angry upon hearing the secret move. The relatives tried all they could.â
But the police commandâs decision to keep the convicts away from where they are supposed to be, have sent tongues wagging as some town folks are asking the motive behind the law enforcersâ actions.
This outlet is informed that moments after the suspects were convicted, some relatives approached some court officials with a request to keep the convicts in police cells and not that of prisons custody. But upon realizing that the court officials were powerless in getting their demand granted, they turned their lobbing power towards the black uniform officials. It is unclear if they have overpowered the police in their lobbing, but the continued detention of the convicts sparks controversy and suspicion among residents of Garu.
Eight Calendar days after the Garu district court passed its judgment, this outlet can authoritatively report that the suspectsare cooling in a crowded police cells in Garu instead of a prisons custody. A visit by this reporter on July 10, saw the convicts smiling having beaten the court dictate. Interestingly, none of the convicts and suspects in the cells have been screened for the dreaded Covid-19 disease.
When contacted, District Police Commander, DSP Dan Yaro stated that his outfit has no vehicle to transport the convicts to the Gambaga prisons. âOur vehicle is down. It has been with the mechanics for two days.â He however added that the convicts will be taken to the Gambaga prisons. The police commander who wasnât comfortable with the grilling ended the interview unceremoniously.
Checks at the court revealed that court authorities are unaware that the convicts are been kept in police cells contrary to the judgment. Meanwhile, a private citizen is reading to write to the court should the police continue to keep the convicts in its cells.
A legal brain told this outlet that the action of the police amounts to disrespecting the court.
As of press time, efforts to get a response from the GaruD istrict Chief Executive and leader of DISEC, Emmanuel Asore, over his outfit inability to resource the police command prove futile as calls and text messages sent to his MTN number went unanswered.Â