BAFFUOR GYAN, elder brother of Ghana international soccer star and captain of the Black Stars, Asamoah Gyan, yesterday looked remorseful when he was dragged to a Circuit Court at KMA in Kumasi, for allegedly leading stoutly-built ?macho-men? to beat Daniel Kenu, Ashanti Regional Bureau Chief of Daily Graphic.
Also in court was Samuel Anim Addo, Manager of Asamoah Gyan Foundation, who is alleged to have also taken part in the beating of the journalist when the latter visited the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Friday to process his accreditation for the Ghana/Uganda AFCON qualifier.
The two accused persons looked repentant whilst in the dock as they pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault before a colossal crowd that jammed the court room.
However, their lawyers,?Augustus Anane Kweiba and Oheneba Kuffuor,?told the court, presided over by William Boampong, about their intention to seek an out-of-court settlement with Daniel Kenu.
The counsels for the accused persons therefore implored the court not to start hearing of the case but rather adjourn it to a later date by which time they would have reached an out-of-court agreement with Kenu.
They also argued that the charges against their clients were bailable and so the court should grant Baffuor Gyan and Anim Addo bail.
Mr Boampong therefore, granted the accused persons bail in the sum of GH?30,000 each, with two sureties. They are to reappear before the court on September 12, 2014.
Earlier, Superintendent of Police Emmanuel Akonnor, had sternly objected to the bail demand by counsel, arguing that some of the accused persons were still at large and so granting the two people bail was not appropriate now.
Mr Boampong explained that he granted the bail on grounds that the police themselves had earlier granted police inquiry bail to the suspects.
Asamoah Gyan Missing
Asamoah Gyan, the Black Stars skipper, was visibly missing in the court room.
He had on Saturday left the Ghana camp a few hours before the Ghana/Uganda game for the Central Police Station in Kumasi to seek bail for his brother and the manager, but to no avail.
The prosecutor had earlier briefed the packed court that on September 5, this year, Daniel Kenu was at the Baba Yara Stadium for accreditation for the Ghana/Uganda game when Baffuor Gyan, Annim Addo and others at large, assaulted him.
According to him, some people at the scene managed to rescue Kenu from his attackers, adding that the complainant rushed to the police station where he was issued a medical form to go to the hospital for examination.
The prosecutor said the accused persons were eventually apprehended but they denied the charges in their caution statements.
?My brother, Baffuor Gyan and the ?macho-men? that followed him manhandled me like a thief in the presence of several people, including colleague journalists, at the Baba Yara Stadium,? he told DAILY GUIDE on Sunday.
Kenu had asked Asamoah Gyan about the whereabouts of his hiplife musician friend, Castro, who had been missing after travelling to Ada with him (Gyan) and urged the Black Stars captain during a media briefing at the Miklin Hotel in Kumasi on Wednesday, to clear the air about the speculation that he had sacrificed the musician for fame.
That did not go down well with Asamoah Gyan, fondly called Baby Jet, who wanted to attack the journalist at the event but was restrained by the Ghana Football Authority (GFA) officials and other players.
Meanwhile, Daniel Kenu, had undergone a head scan at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi.
The scan was undertaken Monday morning after he had complained of suffering some complications from the assault. The result of the scan had not yet been available as at press time last night.
?FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi