Midland Assault: Circuit court frees Police officer due to lack of interest from victim

The policeman who was caught on camera beating up a woman at the Shiashie branch of Midland Savings and Loans Limited, Lance Corporal Frederick Amanor Godzi, is said to have been discharged by an Accra Circuit where he was facing trial.

According the Daily Graphic, the policeman and three staff of Midland who were also on trial were discharged due to lack of interest in the trial by the victim, Patience Osafo.

“I have confirmed with her this morning. She said apart from that one single invitation at the initial stages, she has never received any single invitation from the police prosecution,” he said on the Citi Breakfast Show.

The accused were charged with assault and abetment of assault and pleaded not guilty.

The victim, Patience Osafo, was reported to have failed to avail herself to testify in the case on many occasions leading to the decision of the court in December 2018.

Lance Corporal Amanor assaulted Patience Osafo in July 2018 when she was trying to withdraw her savings of GHc 270.00 after office hours due to frustrations from the bank.

According to her statement, she had begged, saying she needed GHc105 urgently to settle her debts and also feed a baby she was taking care of.

The police officer got physical after Patience Osafo refused to leave the banking hall with her grandchild, because her money had not been given to her.

The incident was captured on video and went viral on social media sparking public outrage and drawing condemnation from Amnesty International, the Ghana Bar Association, the Ministry for Gender, Children and Social Protection, and a number of civil society organizations.

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