The Accra Circuit Court has acquitted and discharge six persons alleged to have aided seven inmates escape from the Kwabenya Police Station.
George Yeboah, Edward Lartey, George Sarbah, Elvis Owusu, George Asante and Theophilus Bandah were set free after the court established that the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie against them.
The court, presided over by Mr Aboagye Tandoh, however, ruled that the prosecution established a prima facie case against four others; Prince Osei, Nancy Dentaa, Kofi Seshie and Prince Kofi Acheampong, the other accused person.
Mr Tandoh accordingly ordered them to open their defence and adjourned the case to May 23, 2018
On January 21, 2018, seven inmates of the Kwabenya Police Station cell escaped from custody through a cell break carried out by six armed men.
The cell break led to the death of a police officer at the station, Inspector Emmanuel Ashilevi.
The police were able to arrest four of the escapees, and nine people alleged to have aided them in their escape, but three of the escapees- Chibuzor Akwubu, Rockson Edem Dzigbede and Dickson Ofori, are still on the run.
Giving more details of the cell break, the prosecutor, Superintendent of Police, Mr Kwaku Bempah informed the court that before the operation, two members of the gang had surveyed the police station by intentionally visiting the place to lodge a complaint.
They complained that someone had borrowed their money and refused to pay, for which a policeman told them to institute a civil action at the court.
“At that moment, the two signaled the rest who had laid ambush to launch an attack on the charge office. They shot Inspector Ashilevi, who was on duty.
“They took the keys to the cells and released seven of the inmates, namely, Prince Osei, Atta Kwadwo, Chibuzor Akwubu, Emmanuel Kotey, Kofi Darko , Rockson Edem Dzigbede and Dickson Ofori,’’ he said.