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A single mother of four is frustrated as her son wallow in police cells for one and half years.
In an interview with crimecheck foundation, Agnes said, her son Nii was arrested together with a wanted suspect about one and a half year ago in connection with the murder of a police officer at Lapaz.
“Nii was arrested together with two other suspects and his landlord who happens to be on the police wanted list a year and a half ago” adding that “my son’s landlord was a wanted armed robber’
She said, ‘the Juaben court ordered that my son together with the two other suspects should sign motion and be granted bail and so we followed the CID to the police station to start the process”
According to her, her son was processed for court and the judge pronounced he and the two others not guilty of the offence so should be granted bail.
Explaining further, Agnes Yamoah expressed how ready she was to see her son out to continue his schooling but unfortunately for her the CID was reluctant.
“The court ordered that the three suspects be arraigned before the court for final hearing but on three consecutive times the CID refused to send them so the court ordered that the CID be sent to remand for two weeks,” she said amid tears
The grieving mother said, for four weeks the CID was still walking freely on the streets of Accra while her son wallowed in police custody.
“It happened that the CID was not sent on remind, so the court ordered us to go and file motion for their release, so myself and two other parents of the other suspects we paid, one hundred and seven fifty Ghana cedis but to no avail, I then visited Legal Aid for help” she said
Expressing her disappointment and frustration, Agnes said, she visited the offices of Legal Aid for over seven weeks; all were failed attempts to see a lawyer.
“Finally when I met the lawyer, he asked that I pay three hundred Ghana cedis and one hundred cedis to another gentleman as processing fee “she said
The frustrated mother said, after a month, her son was finally arranged before court pleading for bail, the court granted him bail but requested for an indenture.
“I do not have an indenture and money to pay lawyers so my son is wallowing in police cells” she said crying.