If you are not enlightened about the laws of Ghana, don't ever make a mistake to say you will be left off the hook if you assault a public officer. No one dares that, not even a pregnant woman could be pardoned for any unruly behaviour towards an officer of the state. Adequate protection is granted to any public official, and so is a city guard who sacrifices his life to protect the streets against criminal and other indiscipline behaviours.
A Tarkwa Nsuaem Magistrate Court executed one of the finest judgement against a trader, named; Zuleya Mohammed for assaulting a municipal guard, Jonas Attobrah. Zuleya, who is pregnant, overlooked the dangers of retaliatory behaviour from the city guard when she assaulted him.
Jonas Attobrah boarding a taxi after court hearing
In a more civil response, the victim, Jonas Attobrah reported the issue to the local police and judgement had been ruled in his favour by the court. Referencing the Criminal Offences Act 1960 (Act 29), the court in her leniency slapped Zuleya with a fine of GHC 360.00 plus a GHC 500.00 as compensation to Jonas Attobrah.
She had pleaded guilty to two charges; assault on a public officer, and unlawful damage to property; were leveled against her. Considering her to be a first time offender, she was pardoned and given a lenient sanction. She is advised to put up decent and non-violent behaviour going forward..
What The Law Says In Act 29
Section 205 of the Criminal Offences Act 1960 (Act 29) indicates that; A person commits a misdemeanour who;
(a) assaults, obstructs, molests, or resists, or aids or incites any other person to assault, obstruct, molest, or resist a public or peace officer, or a person employed by a public or peace officer, acting or proceeding to act in the execution of a warrant or legal process; or
(b) uses a threatening, abusive or insulting language, or sends a threatening or insulting message, or letter, to a peace officer in respect of the duties of the officer.
Given this knowledge, one is advised to exercise restraint even if an officer is being aversive or unreasonably controlling in the discharge of his duty. The best is to report the issue to the police of his superiors for the necessary actions to be taken against him or her.
We are often tempted to respond in an aggressive manner in such circumstances and this needs correction.
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