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Court grants bricklayer GH₵6,000 bail for assaulting a driver

The Ashaiman District Court has granted bail of GH₵6,000.00 with one surety to Bernard Awaga, a 32-year-old mason, for assaulting a driver at a gambling center in Ashaiman in the Greater Accra Region.

The court, presided over by Derick Pardden Eshun, granted him bail after his guilty plea explaining the assault charge.

The court also referred the matter for alternative dispute resolution and adjourned it till June 17, 2024.

Chief Patient Inspector Afi Blihia, prosecuting, said the complainant was James Kofi Zor, a driver.

He said that on March 1, 2024, at approximately 12:10 p.m., a witness reported to the police that someone had been attacked by an unknown person at the Bingo Bet Center near Ashaiman Traffic and that the victim was bleeding profusely from his nose.

Police rushed to the scene and met the complainant, who identified Awaga as his attacker. He was arrested, after which a complaint was filed and he was given a warning.

The investigation revealed that both the complainant and the accused were at the Bingo Bet Center in Ashaiman, where they were placing bets when Awaga approached the complainant, who was on the phone, and blamed him for stepping on his toe stepped.

The prosecutor said the complainant ended his phone call, apologized to the suspect and started walking away. But Awaga, still mortified, hit him from behind and he started bleeding from his nose.

Chief Inspector Blihia stated that upon seeing the complainant in that condition, the suspect pleaded for leniency and promised to assist the complainant in seeking medical care, but while both the complainant and the suspect were busy, the police arrived on the scene and arrested it.

During interrogation, the suspect admitted that he had assaulted the complainant out of anger.