Court jails rickshaw rider for offensive conduct

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The Enchi District Magistrate court has sentenced a 24-year-old rickshaw rider to 30 days imprisonment in hard labour for allegedly invoking curses on some Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate (MTTD) officers in the Enchi Division of the Ghana Police Service.

Marvelous Coffie, who is also a student, pleaded guilty to the charges of riding without a license, registration number and offensive conduct.

The court presided over by Mr Eric Baah Boateng, cautioned and discharged Coffie on count one and two, but sentenced him accordingly on count three to serve as a deterrent to other rickshaw riders.

Detective Chief Inspector Joseph Kwadwo Agyare, prosecuting, said on October 26, 2021, at about 0940 hours, police personnel from the MTTD Division in Enchi were on duty at the Enchi-Asankrangwa highway.

According to the prosecutor, while at the duty point at Mile four, the convict arrived with his unregistered rickshaw and was ordered to produce his license for inspection.

He said Coffie confessed to the duty bearers that he had no rider’s license, but claimed the registration number plate of the rickshaw was at home, hence they should allow him to go for it and they obliged.

Detective Agyare said after few minutes the convict returned with two local eggs and without any provocation, he invoked curses on the police officers in a nearby stream to wit “I have authorized this water to kill you, if you don’t release my rickshaw” and he threw the eggs in to the stream.

He added that the officers who were terrified by Coffie’s attitude arrested and charged him with the offence after a thorough investigation.

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