An Accra Circuit Court has granted a GH¢60,000.00 bail with two sureties to Lance Corporal Godzi Frederick Amanor popularly known as “Skalla,” who allegedly assaulted a woman at the Shiashie branch of the Midland Savings and Loans company.
Police Lance Corporal Amanor pleaded not guilty to the charges of assault.
Three of his accomplices: Joycelyn Kukua, the Operations Manager, Shirley Portia Anaman, Customer Care Officer and Prince Ayensu, a driver of the company also denied abetting the alleged crime and were also granted bail on similar terms.
The Court presided over by Mrs Harriet Jane Akweley Quaye ordered that the sureties should not earn less than GH¢500.00.
They will all make their next appearance on August 30.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) George Amegah recounted that the prosecution witness, Patience Osafo is a petty trader, resident at Shiashie in Accra and customer of the Midland Savings and Loans Limited.
Lance Corporal Amanor, a police officer, was stationed at the bank whilst Kukua after being approached by the victim for assistance called the police officer to drag her away.
Shirley also took the video and Ayensu, the driver, assisted in dragging Patience out of the hall, he explained.
On July 13, this year, she went to the Shiashie branch of the Midland Savings to make a withdrawal.
Prosecution said there were other customers in a queue so she also joined but after waiting for a while the bank officials came to inform them in the queue that they were having network challenges so they should go and come back on Monday.
He said on Monday, July 16, Patience returned to the bank and was told the same story after waiting for several hours.
Patience on July 19 went there at about 0730 hours and waited till the bank opened at about 0800 hours after serving some customers, the bank officials came with the same excuse and asked that those who had something to do could go and come after 1200 hours.
DSP Amegah said the victim decided to stay in the banking hall to get some money. At about 1400 hours the Bank officials again attended to a few people and asked the rest to go and come back the next day.
Being disappointed, the prosecution witness in disappointment approached the bBank officials to explain how urgent she needed GH¢105.00 to settle her debts and also feed the baby she carried to the bank, the prosecution added.
He said the officials being Kukuaa and Shelly instead, called the accused to drive her out of the banking hall.
The Prosecution said the accused in an attempt to move her out ended up assaulting her and subsequently dragged her out of the banking hall.
The Prosecution said the following day, the Inspector General of Police directed that he should be arrested based on the assault which went viral on social media.
Amanor admitted the offence in his caution statement and after investigations and he was later arraigned.