COPEC pledges legal support for driver, mate remanded for assaulting police

Francis Buabeng, a driver and his mate, Albert Ansah, were seen in a viral video fighting a police officer, Constable Julius Mawuli Ekpe

The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) has pledged legal support for a commercial driver and his mate who were involved in a brawl with a police officer.

Executive Secretary of COPEC, Duncan Amoah has argued that the court has not been fair to the two men, especially when it has failed to ask the police officer to also appear in court.

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“We have all condemned the action of the two men but eyewitness accounts suggest the police who stopped the driver was the first to slap him,” he noted.

“Interestingly, the police officer was left out of the court proceedings. If we are aiming to serve deterrence, then the police officer must also be involved in the processes or is he above the law,’ Mr Amoah asked.

Mr Amoah who was speaking to Adom News also revealed that his outfit will assist the remanded gentlemen with a lawyer in order that they can have a fair trial.

The incidence which took place at Kasoa in the Central region over the weekend and gone viral on social media has seen the duo remanded in police custody.

The video making the rounds has a helpless uniformed Police Officer receiving multiple blows from the driver and his mate with his helmet on.

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The driver and his mate, identified as Francis Buabeng and Albert Ansah respectively, were arraigned before court on Monday where they pleaded guilty to the offence amidst tears and without any legal representation.

They were subsequently remanded to reappear in court on April 1, 2019.

The swift justice has raised eyebrows especially when similar assaults of other civilian citizens have either received little or no attention at all.

Source: Adom News/Maame Esi Nyamekye