Goldsmith granted bail for unlawfuling discharging firearms

An Accra Circuit Court on Wednesday granted a GH¢10,000.00 bail to Kwao Tettey Alexander, a Goldsmith, with two surety, one to be a public servant or resident in Accra, for discharging firearm in public without authority.

Kwao, who pleaded not guilty, is alleged to have discharged 12 bore pump action gun in front of his house.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Patrick Morkeh said both the complainant and the accused persons are residents of Race Course, Accra.

He said in April last year, the accused was attacked and beaten up by some people who promised to come back another time.

He said this made the accused to flee the area for fear of his life, until December when he acquired a pump action gun for self protection.

The prosecution told the court that the accused since acquiring the gun has been firing warning shots at night in an open place in front of his house to scare off his attackers.

He said on January 19, at about 0530 hours the accused person again fired several shots in front of his house and in the process caused damage to one of the electrical cables, which provided light within the area.

DSP Morkeh said some young men around the area including the complainant called the Odorkor patrol team, who came and arrested the accused person to assist in investigation.

He told the court that two packets of cartridges and the gun were retrieved from the accused person’s room as well as 12 used cartridges found in his compound and on the street around his area.

The accused is to reappear before the court on February 5, 2013. GNA

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