GANJA IS NOT MINE Ekow Micah Opens Defence

Renowned reggae musician Lester Ekow Micah on Wednesday opened his defence in an Accra Circuit Court where he is on trial for narcotics-related offences.

The musician denied he was keeping Indian hemp popularly called wee in his house and that he had no knowledge of how the substance under investigation got there.

He told the court presided over by Aboagye Tandoh in his examination-in-chief led by Andrew Kudzo Vortia that he was at his Kasoa residence on August 23, 2015 when he received a call to report to the Airport Police but because it was late he went to the police station the following day.

He said when he got there he was arrested and detained and that he was taken home after police told him that he would be granted bail if the police knew his place of abode.

The musician noted that when they got to his house where he lives with his 21-year-old sister and her son, they were surprised to see him with the police and told him that a fair coloured man came to look for him two hours earlier.

Ekow said his sister also told him that the said man had asked her to buy him water and when she went out and returned, the man had left his sitting place and was in a hurry to leave.

The musician noted further that the police officers who took him home searched his house and told him they found a narcotic substance in his home.

Mr Micah said he told the police he was surprised because he did not have any narcotics in the house.

The case has been adjourned to November 13, 2015.
Earlier, the suspect’s motion filed by his lawyer seeking to recall Detective Corporal Richard Ayayi, a witness in the narcotics-related trial of the accused, was thrown out.

The lawyer had in the 13-paragraph affidavit in support of the motion alleged that the police coerced Ekow into admitting ownership of the alleged narcotic substance found at his residence.

‘That the statement written by the accused was dictated to the accused by the investigator on a promise that the case would be settled amicably is a clear indication of coercion,’ he had argued.

The affidavit stated among other things that the purported statement of the accused was not taken in the presence of an independent witness, a situation which violated the evidence rule.

The lawyer said if the said document was allowed to stay and admitted into evidence, gross injustice would have been meted out to the accused.

Mr Vortia noted that ‘in the interest of justice, Exhibit C should be rejected as marked as such.’

But the trial judge, in his ruling, threw out the entire motion, stressing that the court had not seen any compelling reason to recall the said witness.

The Rastafarian was arrested on August 4 by the Airport Police over an alleged extortion case currently in another Circuit Court.

The prosecution alleged that on the following day, at about 11:30am, the Police and the accused person visited Micah’s house to conduct a search and in the process, a quantity of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp was found concealed in Micah’s bag.

By Fidelia Achama

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