A Kumasi Circuit Court trying the former Member of Parliament (MP) for Asokwa and Deputy Minister, Maxwell Kofi Jumah, over alleged assault and causing harm, has refused the request for out-of-court settlement of the matter.
The judge hearing the case, Mr William Boampong, declined the plea by the accused person, because of what he said, the nature and gravity of charges.
Added to this, was the fact that this did not come from the complainant.
The ex-Deputy Minister, who made his second court appearance on Tuesday, is already on a 70,000-cedi bail with a surety.
He has pleaded not guilty to the crime, and the case has been adjourned to November 14, to enable him to perform the funeral rites of his mother.
Police Superintendent Emmanuel Akunnor had earlier told the court that the victim, John Agha, attended the one-week celebration of the death of the mother of Jumah.
At the function, Agha was accused of the stealing a mobile phone of the accused person, and was severely beaten.
Standing trial with Jumah is Samuel Adu Frimpong, his special assistant.