Delays in verifying a doc on the Western Regional Lands Fee imply Josephine Panyin Mensah, the girl accused of staging her being pregnant and kidnapping in Takoradi, can be spending the weekend in police custody.
In accordance with her lawyer, Philip Fiifi Buckman, the Regional Lands Officer was not accessible to signal paperwork on the properties to cowl the accused’s GH¢50,000 bail, which was granted on September 27, 2021.
Talking on Eyewitness Information, Mr. Buckman mentioned the Regional Lands Officer was the one possibility for verifying the paperwork.
“…We had been simply praying that we might get him [the Regional Lands Officer] to return to the workplace and do it [verify the papers] for us, however sadly, that didn’t occur.”
Mr. Buckman additionally mentioned he was unable to get in contact with the Lands Officer, to whom the paperwork had been addressed.
The lawyer additionally mentioned he was unable to push for his shopper’s launch with a movement on the court docket.
“I really drafted my movement however sadly for us, this week is the week for the convention for the judges and magistrates, so no court docket is sitting to have the ability to hear [the bail motion] for us.”
A fellow lawyer, Martin Kpebu, who notably efficiently challenged the standing of non-bailable offences on the Supreme Courtroom, described the circulate of occasions as worrying.
“It’s not as if she [Josephine Panyin Mensah] is required in custody for any additional investigations or one thing,” Mr. Kpebu argued on Eyewitness Information.
“The Supreme Courtroom has mentioned it; private liberties are too valuable to be left to an administrative agent,” he additionally mentioned.
As well as, Mr. Kpebu felt the bail situations given Josephine Panyin Mensah for a non-violent offence had been too steep.
“The factor is that these situations, generally, are too arduous, they usually hold accused individuals in custody unnecessarily. I believed this offence was a misdemeanour so why the necessity for a justification?”
Josephine Panyin Mensah has been charged with deceiving a public officer and publication of false information with intent to trigger concern and panic.
She pleaded not responsible in her first look in court docket, on Monday.
Josephine Panyin Mensah, who was believed to be pregnant, purportedly went lacking on September 16.
She was then present in Axim on September 21 with out the being pregnant.
She claimed she delivered on the identical day she was allegedly kidnapped with the newborn taken by her supposed kidnappers.
However Police in a press release issued on Thursday, September 23, 2021, mentioned a radical medical examination by the medical medical doctors on the Axim Authorities Hospital revealed that Josephine was not pregnant as earlier experiences steered.
Consequently, she grew to become a suspect within the case as police mentioned she might have conspired with different individuals to stage her disappearance.