Unpublished: Fresh charges against lawyer who stole client's money
The prosecution in the case in which a lawyer, Jah Josiah, is alleged to have stolen the money of his client, on Monday asked for time to substitute the charge sheet of the case.
The prosecutor, Chief Inspector Charles A.K Chester, prayed the court to allow him sometime to withdraw the old charges and file a new one.
“We have everything ready to start trial but the investigator is a little late with the new charge sheet,” he said.
The Circuit court presided over by Mrs Vivian Ellen Amoah granted the prosecution’s request.
Equal before the law
A lawyer who claimed he was stepping in for the counsel for the accused pleaded with the court to allow his (accused) substantive lawyer to be around before the fresh charges were read, but the judge declined.
“Nothing mandates us to do that. There are no different strokes for different folks in this court. When you are in the dock, you are just like any other ordinary person,” she said before warning the accused that she would issue a bench warrant for his arrest if he failed to appear on the next adjourn date.
The court had on March 3, 2014 remanded the accused person into custody for persistently failing to appear before it to answer criminal charges leveled against him. He, however, managed to secure bail in the High Court.
Josiah was initially granted bail in the sum of GHc30, 000 with one surety but the bail condition was reviewed upwards to GHc50, 000 with three sureties due to his repeated failure to appear in court.
Standing in the dock in a black suit and white shirt, he maintained a very cool composure and occasionally smiled as the judge banter with his temporary lawyer and the prosecutor.