One of the two persons in police grips over the murder of Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu – New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa North in the Eastern Region – says he wants to go home, even as fresh charges have been slapped on him and his alleged accomplice.
According to Daniel Asiedu, 19, aka Sexy Don Don – a phone dealer – he does not know why he has been dragged before the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) District Court two days after an Accra High Court had discharged him over the murder of the legislator.
He told the judge, Ms. Efua G. Sackey, prior to the reading of the charge sheet that he was at the Nsawam Prisons awaiting his release when he was served with another document to appear before the court.
Daniel, who is in the dock with one Vincent Bosso aka Junior Agogo – a phone repairer – was emphatic that he is uncertain why he had been summoned before the court.
The accused, who spoke in English contrary to his earlier claim that he was not fluent in the language, noted that although they have a lawyer in the person of Augustines Obour, the case investigator had not allowed them access to him, adding, “I want to see my lawyer.”
He said he does not know anything about the murder of J.B.
It would be recalled that the Attorney General and Minister for Justice on Tuesday entered Nolle Prosequi (NP) to drop previous charges against the accused persons in respect of the case which was at the stage of empanelling a seven-member jury for the trial.
Sefakor Batse, a Senior State Attorney, had told the court, presided over by Justice Lawrence L. Mensah, that per Section 54 of the Criminal and Other Offences Act, the AG had entered NP in respect of the case.
Daniel Asiedu and Bosso were subsequently rearrested minutes after their discharge and fresh charges preferred against them.
In the instant case, Sexy Don Don has been slapped with the charge of murder while Agogo faces abetment of murder.
In the case of Agogo, the prosecutor, DSP George Amegah, held that he at about 1:00 am on February 9, 2016 at Shiashie, East Legon, in Accra, abetted Sexy Don Don to commit murder.
Don Don, according to the prosecution, on the same day and time intentionally and unlawfully caused the death of Mr JB Danquah, fondly called JB.
The pleas of the two have not been taken.
Responding to the accusations of Sexy Don Don, DSP Amegah explained that the accused persons were only discharged but not acquitted.
He contended that the accused were rearrested and fresh charges preferred against them.
The police officer indicated that he did not want Sexy Don Don to create the impression that they had been brought to court without his lawyer.
He urged the court to remand the accused persons to assist the police in their investigations.
The trial magistrate said the court would give Don Don the opportunity to respond to the request for remand by the prosecution, but the accused again claimed that he did not understand what bail is, although he spoke in English.
Offered the chance to address the court, Junior Agogo waived the right to speak.
Hearing continues on June 15.
By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson