Atti-Morkwa DCE jailed for contempt of court
Bossman Osei – Hyiamang Jnr, Twifo Atti-Morkwa District Chief Executive (DCE), was on Monday jailed 14 days by a Cape Coast High Court for contempt of court.
The DCE was found culpable of contempt by the court for bringing its reputation into disrepute.
In her ruling, Mrs Nana Adwoa Coleman, said whenever a person is appointed to serve the nation, he must learn to respect the rule of law in the interest of the State.
She said no investor would like to invest in a country where there is no respect for rule of law, while no public officer by virtue of his or her position is indispensable before the law.
Mrs Coleman said the punishment, should serve as a deterrent to public officers.
The court on August 21, this year, ordered a bailiff to effect a
service on Hyiamang in connection with a case involving the demolition of the Twifo-Praso market, which the Assembly was to undertake but was challenged at the court by one Alhassan Suleiman.
The court learnt that the bailiff went to the DCE to give the service document to him, but did not meet him and was informed that Hyiamang was at the market.
When he followed up and attempted to give the document to the DCE, he refused to collect it and moved away.
According to the bailiff he approached the DCE for the second time with the document and when he refused to collect it, he was compelled to place it beside him as the law demands and this infuriated Hyiamang who rained insults him.
“I am a good man to boot you, you are a foolish boy, stupid bailiff, I will never go to any court, go and tell your judges that they are corrupt and thieves; they can reverse the judgment. I have already demolished the market. Next time, if you get nearer me, you will see.”
Mr Samuel Adu Yeboah, Counsel for Hyiamang pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy since his client had regretted his action.
The judge said she factored the plea of the counsel and the remorse shown by the respondent into the consideration in the judgment, explaining that if she had considered the perjury aspect of the case, the respondent would have attracted a higher punishment.