Purported lawyer held on remand

A 34-year old student, who was nabbed at the court premises parading as a lawyer, has been remanded into lawful custody by an Accra Circuit Court.


Anthony Anyomi, charged with impersonation, pleaded not guilty.

jailHe is expected to reappear on January 14 before the Court presided over by Ms Patricia Quansah.

His remand followed prosecution submission that the Police were investigating the matter.

Chief Superintendent of Police Mr Duuti Tuaruka said the Police were yet to compile the number of cases he had been defending in the various courts as well as retrieve his gown and wig which he had been using in his operations.

A team of four lawyers led by Mr Seidu Nasigri prayed the Court to admit their client to bail as he was scheduled to get married the next day to a pregnant Police officer.

Mr Nasigri said Anyomi would not interfere with police investigations as alleged by the Police.

He said the Police had completed their investigation and they had nothing to add to that.

Mr Sylvester Lamptey, second Counsel, contended that the charges leveled against his client were bailable as he had a fixed place of abode and would appear anytime to stand trial.

Mr Lamptey said denying him bail would be of great disservice as he was set to get married the next day.

The Court, however, ruled that the accused should have thought of the consequence of his actions although he was to presumed innocent until proven otherwise.

According to the Court the prosecution was also going to compile the list of cases and assess the status of those cases.

It, therefore, denied him bail.

Prosecution’s case was that the Police received information that accused was parading as a lawyer at the court premises.

The prosecutor said the Police therefore mounted surveillance and on January 6, when he appeared at Circuit Court Three, he was nabbed.

According to the prosecutor a number of Court Warrant Officers, Registrars had stated that Anyomi has been representing people in cases before the court.

“When Anyomi was questioned by the Police, he admitted that he was not a lawyer,” the prosecutor said.


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