35 illegal demonstrators in New Dormaa granted bail

Sunyani District magistrate court B on Friday granted bail to the 35 suspects who were alleged to have organized a demonstration at New Dormaa without notifying the police. 

The court, presided by Justice Sylvester Nii Okai Ablorh, granted the suspects bail in the sum of GH¢10,000 each with two sureties. Among the conditions of the bail, the suspects are to report themselves to the police CID every Wednesday and Friday.

They were accused of organizing a demonstration without notifying the police and conspiracy to commit crime, among others.

Counsel for the accused, Foster Asante, had pleaded with the court to grant bail to his clients given that all the charges preferred against them were bailable.

The judge after granting them bail issued a stern warning to both the suspects and residents of New Dormaa to refrain from such behavior because anyone found culpable would be made to sign a bond for good behaviour.

The case was adjourned till June three this year.

Background                          

The Brong Ahafo Regional Command last Wednesday arrested a total of 35 persons at New Dormaa for embarking on an unlawful demonstration over the stalled work on the Sunyani-New Dormaa-Kotokrom road project.

Chief Inspector Augustine Kingsley Oppong, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the command, told Ark FM’s Akroma Yeboah Asuamh the demonstrators were arrested for unlawful assembly, assault of a public officer and causing unlawful damage to two police vehicles, with registration numbers GP 3757 and GP 4939.

The windscreens of the two police vehicles were smashed by the aggrieved residents.

“Some of the agitated demonstrators took into custody one of the policemen dispatched to the scene to ensure order and threatened not to release him until the police freed one of the arrested demonstrators”, he added

Chief Inspector Oppong said the peace officers had to fire warning shots to disperse the mob who pelted the police with stones and other objects, leading to some of the demonstrators sustaining injuries.

He said the police had earlier arrested 52 persons, including women and students but after a screening exercise six of them were released.

This was after the fully armed police men had fired warning shots to disperse the agitating residents who had assembled on the New Dormaa to Sunyani high way in demand for the authorities to get the contractor back to site.

The residents explained a vehicle knocked down a resident the previous day at about 6.45 pm, the second in two weeks “and that led the youth to block the road on Tuesday evening and on Wednesday morning we decided to embark on the protest”.

News Reporter

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