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Policeman in Midland assault pleads for out-of-court settlement

Lance Corporal Frederick Amanor Godzi, aka Skalla, the policeman who allegedly beat up a woman at the Shiashie branch of Midlands Savings and Loans Limited, has pleaded with the Accra Circuit Court for an out-of-court settlement of the matter.

Counsel for the interdicted policeman yesterday begged the court to allow an out-of-court settlement on the basis that the charge of assault levelled against their client was not a felony but a misdemeanour.

“Please give us the opportunity to settle this matter outside the court system,’’ Mr Kweku Adjei Lartey pleaded with the court.

He made the plea during his submission for the court to admit his client to bail.

Godzi is alleged to have beaten Ms Patience Osafo, a customer of Midland, on the premises of the bank on July 19, 2018, when she went there to withdraw her money.

He has pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault.


In his argument for bail, counsel stated that per Article 19 Clause 2 (c) of the 1992 Constitution, his client was innocent until proven guilty.

“He has adequate people to stand surety and will not abscond but is ever ready to appear before the court to defend himself,’’ he argued.

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