The Asante Akropong District Court has granted a bail of ¢6,000 with two sureties to a self-styled lawyer who attempted to represent a client in a murder case at the Nyinahin District Court in the Ashanti Region.
Kyei Baffour Dapaah, 39, was arrested by the police following a report by the Magistrate of the Nyinahin District Court that her checks at the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) and the General Legal Counsel (GLC) indicated that the suspect had not been called to the Bar.
His plea was not taken when he appeared before the court on October 29 and was remanded into prison custody by the presiding judge Mr Rockson Kpodo.
However, a push for bail by his lawyer on his second appearance on November 16, was granted by the court. Kyei Baffour is facing the court for deceiving a public officer.
The case has been adjourned to December 13, 2021.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mr Sylvanus Dalmeida had told the court that the police were still contacting the GBA and the GLC to ascertain the professional identity of the suspect.
Giving the background of the case, he said the suspect, who claimed to be a lawyer, presented himself as a counsel for a client in a murder case; ‘The Republic Vrs Selorm Agama’, which was before the court in the Atwima Mponua District.
Hitherto, the suspect, who had several cases before the court, had told the Magistrate that he was called to the Bar in 2015 and gave his license number as EAR 21053/21.
However, upon a search by the Magistrate from the GBA and GLC, it was revealed that the suspect had not been called to the Bar.
DSP Dalmeida said during interrogation, the suspect admitted that he was not a lawyer, and claimed he had some knowledge in law after undertaking some professional legal courses in the United States of America.
SOURCE: DAILY MAIL GH