The High Court in Accra, presided over by Justice Mary Maame Ekue Yanzuh has ordered embattled first-year (Level 100) student of the University of Ghana to report to the Homicide Unit of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) once every two weeks.
Safina Mohammed, who has been held for the murder of Frank Kofi Osei, a Ghanaian resident in Canada was earlier granted bail by the High Court in Tema and as part of her bail conditions, was to report to the Lakeside Police once every fortnight.
However, making her first appearance at the High Court in Accra via a virtual Court session after being granted bail, State Prosecutors led by Nana Ama Adinkra, a senior State Attorney prayed for her bail conditions to be varied.
“The accused person was granted bail by the High court, Tema, and as part of her bail conditions, she was to report to the Lakeside Police Station, who had the conduct of her case,” the senior State Attorney stated.
She added that, “the case had (since her bail) been transferred to the Homicide Division at the CID (Criminal Investigation Department) Headquarters and they are the ones (Homicide Unit) currently with the conduct of the case.
“We humbly pray that the accused person as a result report to the Homicide Unit of the CID headquarters as part of her bail conditions,” Nana Ama Adinkra, the Senior State Attorney prayed.
Counsel for the accused, Samuel Alesu-Dordzi though did not opposed to the request, said his client after being granted bail has been complying with the terms of the bail.
He, however, requested for the court to adjust her reporting to the Homicide Unit of the CID Headquarters, rather, to once a month to lessen the financial burdens on her.
The senior State Attorney in a direct response said the court should maintain the once every two weeks since the matter at hand is a murder case.
Justice Mary Maame Ekue Yanzuh, the vacation judge, said the bail is varied to the extend that the accused is rather to report to the Homicide unit of the CID headquarters once every forth night.
The Court has adjourned the case to October 13, 2023, for the accused to appear before the substantive judge for her plea to be taken on the charge.
I’m innocentThe Senior State Attorney also indicated that, the prosecution will be tendering in some 31 exhibits.
The items to be tendered include autopsy report, five huge dog chains, cello tape, four padlocks with 10 keys, a cutter, a pair of gloves, three knives and accused person’s various investigation caution statements.
Lawyers for Safina, had earlier, raised a preliminary objection against the prosecution’s inability to place all the exhibits at the Registry of the Court before tendering them.
But, the prosecution in response described Defence counsel’s assertion as “unwarranted” and “blown out of proportion.”