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Judge fumes over the imprisonment of an innocent man, police gives flimsy excuses

The police administration has been asked by an Appeal Court Judge to investigate why a man found to have committed no crime and therefore freed by a court should out of sheer wickedness be dumped in prison for close to five years.

Justice Angelina Mensah-Homiah, said there needed to be answers – anybody responsible for the unjust treatment should not get away with their act of injustice.

Kwabena Huletey had been reported to the police by the family of his deceased girlfriend for allegedly beating the woman at Akuapem Adoso, leading to her death, something he profusely denied doing.

He was subsequently arrested and put before the Akuapem Mampong District Court, provisionally charged with murder. Sending a person accused of murder to a lower court to get that individual remanded and start the committal proceeding is the norm.

Huletey, was accordingly ordered by the court to be held in remand in prison. This was in year, 2015.

What caused the woman’s death, finally became known - established. An autopsy report by doctors gave the cause of death of Huletey’s girlfriend as pneumonia.

Based on this autopsy report, the Akuapem Mampong District Court, on December 15, 2016, struck out the case against him – making him a free person.

Surprisingly, the police sent him back to the Koforidua prison, where he had earlier been remanded, dumped him there and just forgot about him – left him to rot.

His case was heard under the Justice for all Programme, which aims at helping to decongest the country’s prison.

Justice Mensah-Homiah, sitting as a justice of the high court, clearly unhappy about the unjust treatment of Huletey, subjected the police investigator Detective Sergeant Samuel Frimpong to intense questioning and his answers were found unconvincing.

He could not tell why the accused person was sent back to prison after the court had freed him – struck out the case against him.

He claimed he had gone on transfer and was not there at the time but when asked to tell where he was, his response was “I was not informed by the prosecutor”.

Justice Mensah-Homiah then asked from him, the officer who took Huletey to prison in December 2016, and on what warrant, and once again he was evasive, saying, he was on sick leave and so another officer was assigned by the Station Officer to do that.

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Akuapem Mampong Angelina Mensah-Homiah Appeal Court Kwabena Huletey

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