The Brong-Ahafo Regional Secretariat of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) is to appeal at a Sunyani High Court against the nine-year imprisonment of Solomon Effah, 29, a teacher at Proso District Assembly Primary School in the Nkoranza North District.

Effah pleaded guilty on his own plea before a Techiman Circuit Court, presided over by Mr Michael Cudjoe Ntumy for resisting arrest and causing harm to Police Corporal Daniel Kuffon.

Mr Ebenezer Asare-Baah, Nkoranza Municipal GNAT Secretary, briefing the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the decision at Nkoranza said ?GNAT has observed that the accused person was not fairly treated by the Court.

The accused person avered that he was deceived by the Police to plead guilty to the charges?.

He said the accused person who was not represented by a counsel, was embarrassed at the court and therefore pleaded guilty and sentenced on April 25, this year.

Mr Asare-Baah said the accused person was the tenant of Madam Afia Adwebi from Akuma in the Nkoranza Municipality and mother of the complainant, Police Corporal Daniel Kuffon.

He said the accused person rented a room in the house of Madam Adwebi and paid two years advance, but after staying in the room for eight months, the landlady decided to eject him.

Mr Asare-Baah said the accused person therefore requested for the difference in the rent advance paid to secure another accommodation elsewhere, but Madam Adwebi was not prepared to refund the difference to him.

He said there was a misunderstanding which led to exchange of words between the accused person and the landlady who invited her son Corporal Kuffon from Techiman to intercede in the matter.

Mr Asare-Baah said Corporal Kuffon reported the matter to the Akuma Police who sent some police personnel to
the house to invite the accused person, but they met his absence.

He said when the accused person was informed later that the police needed him, the accused person reported to the police who tried to arrest him at the station but the accused refused.

Mr Asare-Baah said because of his refusal three policemen at the station beat him up and during the ensuing struggle, the police managed to arrest him and he was charged with the offence. GNA


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