Defence Counsel for Lawrence Nana Asiama Hanson, aka Bulldog, has expressed frustrations over a letter supposedly written by the Police to the District Court asking that his client should be discharged.
The court presided over by Mr. Worlanyo Kotoku said the court did not have any letter from the Police nor the Attorney General pertaining to Bulldog’s discharge. “The letter discharging the accused is not before me,” the court said. The court therefore asked defence counsel and his client to exercise little bit of restraint for the provision of the said discharged letter.
Defence counsel, Mr. Jerry Avernogbor said he was at the Police headquarters where the Director of Homicide Unit said he had written to the court over Bulldog’s discharge. Counsel held that the Police were deceiving his client and the court and urged the court to exercise its discretion by discharging the accused for want of prosecution.
Mr. Avernogbor urged the Court to activate its powers to discharge accused since he has been coming to court for the past three years. He told the court that his client wanted to travel outside the jurisdiction but could not due to this scenario. Detective Sergeant Rose Anima who held brief for the Prosecution told the court that there has been some developments. Sergeant Anima however could not disclose what the latest development entails.
On November 15, this year the court summoned a Senior State Attorney, Mr. Richard Gyambiby, to appear before it in Accra, to explain certain issues in the case. Mr. Gyambiby is said to have worked on the case docket and advised that Bulldog, who the Chief Executive Officer for Bull Haus Entertainment be discharged.
The Police, however, stated that the advice from the AG had some codified information, which needed to be discussed by the Police Administration. Hanson is being prosecuted for allegedly murdering Fennec Okyere, a Music Producer in May 2014.
Though charged with conspiracy to murder and murder, the Court, has preserved the plea of Bulldog. Bulldog has, however, been admitted to bail by the Human Rights Court, a division of the High Court. After several years of waiting for the advice from the Attorney General; the AG recently recommended that Hanson be discharged.
The matter has been adjourned to January 10, next year.