Covid-19: Man who sprayed liquid substance on policewoman’s eye remanded

The suspect

Osman Amadu, a 22-year-old scrap dealer, who allegedly sprayed some liquid substance into the eyes of a duty policewoman enforcing the restrictions on movement order, has been remanded by an Accra Circuit Court.

Amadu, charged with causing harm and failing to comply with the restrictions imposed by the President, has, however, pleaded not guilty.

The Presiding judge, Mrs Afia Owusu Appiah, declined to grant bail to Amadu, saying the defence counsel had been unable to convince her that Amadu would not jump bail.

Additionally, the Court explained that the charge of failing to comply with the restrictions imposed by the President, carried severe punishment or sentence.

Amadu is, consequently, expected to reappear on April 29.

The Court, therefore, directed the prosecution to file the disclosures on the accused and his counsel.

It also directed the Registrar of the Court to take possession of the substance and involve the defence counsel and prosecution in presenting it to the forensic laboratory until the results were released.

Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Gulliver Tenkorang told the Court that Lance Corporal Bernice Osei Wusu, stationed at Kaneshie Divisional Headquarters, was the complainant.

Amadu was also a resident of Russia, Accra.

The Prosecution said on April 10, this year, at about 0900 hours, the complainant was on a COVID SAFETY duty snap check at the Zongo Junction, near the Great Lamptey Mills School.

He said, Amadu, who arrived at the point as a passenger of a taxi cab, became offended when Lance Corporal Osei Wusu asked where he was headed for.

He, consequently, sprayed a liquid substance from a small bottle into the eyes of the cop.

The prosecution said the complainant shouted for help so her colleague and other witnesses went to her aid.

Amadu was immediately arrested and brought together with the substance to the Kaneshie Police Station for investigations.

According to the medical report, the Prosecution said, she sustained severe eye injuries to both of her eyes.

The Prosecution said Amadu admitted the offence and investigations revealed that was galavanting in breach of the directives of the President.

Source: GNA

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