Graphic man assaulted (Thursday, June 3, 2010 , Spread)

What would have been a normal routine for a senior Daily Graphic photographer at the Family Tribunal in Accra turned into a nightmare when he was attacked by an alleged fraud suspect and also detained for hours in protective custody.
Narrating his ordeal, Mr Rockson Asmah, the photographer, said he was on the premises to cover an assignment when he heard someone shouting, “Where is the Graphic man let him come and snap me.”
He said when he got closer to take  shots, a woman jumped from the crowd and held onto his camera and verbally abused him.
He said  the ensuing commotion attracted the attention of a group of police officers who restrained the woman and her relatives from allegedly attempting to physically assault him.
Mr Asmah said a few minutes later, a presiding judge, who was hearing the woman’s case, ordered that he (Mr Asmah) and the woman be brought to her chambers.
He said the judge directed that the photographs of the suspect be deleted and asked for an independent expert’s confirmation of her order.
Mr Asmah said after he had deleted the photographs he was escorted by two police officers to a photo studio at Tudu where the photographs were confirmed to have been deleted.
However, the woman insisted that the camera be given to her because she was not satisfied with what was done.
According to Mr Asmah, the woman attempted to snatch the camera from a police officer and when he (Mr Asmah) grabbed the strap, the suspect allegedly attacked him furiously and tore his shirt buttons and singlet.
He said he later lodged a complaint with the Accra Central Police.
When contacted, the District Commander of the Accra Central Police, Superintendent of Police Aboagye Sarpong, confirmed the incident and stated that the suspect had been arrested to assist in investigation.


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