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KKD case drop "worrying" for criminal jurisprudence - Lawyer

"A private legal practitioner, Francis Xavier Sosu, has described as “worrying” "

Source: StarrFMonline

Posted on : Wed 14 Jan 2015

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A private legal practitioner, Francis Xavier Sosu, has described as “worrying” the drop of a charge of rape filed against ace broadcaster Kwesi Kyei Darkwah (KKD) by a 19-year-old lady.

Ewureffe Orleans Thompson filed the charges against KKD on the night of December 27, 2014 after the two had spent some time together with friends and family members at the African Regent Hotel within the Airport Residential Area.

Ms Thompson accused the fashion icon and 49-year-old father of two of forcefully having sexual intercourse with her in the bathroom of one of the hotel suites.

KKD and his lawyers denied the accusation and insisted the sexual intercourse was “consensual”.

The CEO of the Finest Productions has been in the custody of the Airport Police Command since the night of the alleged crime. He was recently taken to the Police Hospital after one of his legs got swollen. It is not clear yet whether he is still at the hospital or has been taken back to the police command.

Despite the alleged victim’s insistence on rape, Ms Thompson wrote to the Attorney General on Tuesday January 13, 2015 expressing her desire to withdraw the case. This essentially means she intends dropping all charges against KKD.

No sooner had news broken of the development than KKD issued an apology letter that read:

I, Kwasi Kyei Darkwah wish to make this public announcement that I truly and sincerely apologise for the public ridicule and disgrace that has ensued by reason of the fleeting pleasure of the flesh involving Ewureffe Orleans Thompson and myself.

I acknowledge I have sinned and have prayed to my God for forgiveness for all that trauma I have caused the young woman.

I plead with all in the media to spare Ewureffe and our respective families any further agonies.

Kindly pray for us.

Mr Sosu told Kafui Dey on the Morning Starr on Wednesday January 14, 2015 that he suspects collusion between KKD and the young woman in the withdrawal of the case – a situation he said bodes ill consequences for Ghana’s jurisprudence and justice system.

According to him, the case drop is a bad precedent, since in his view, it reinforces public perceptions that famous and prominent people in society can always buy their way out of criminality when the law catches up with them.

“We need to protect the judicial integrity and then the criminal jurisprudence of this country…otherwise you’d open the floodgates for people who think they are strong and mighty and influential to commit offences and get away with them,” Sosu intimated.

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