Court orders age assessment of suspect wearing military uniform
An Accra circuit court ordered police to conduct an age assessment of a suspect who was arraigned for alleged possession of military uniforms without permission.
The order came after Zuberu Osumanu, an aluminum maker, told his lawyer he was 17 and would be 18 next month.
When defense attorney Nasiru Seidu was asked to provide proof of his age, he went to consult the accused’s father and later informed the court that “the water had hit their house” and therefore could not prove his age.
In addition, Osumanu had informed Deputy Superintendent of Police (ASP) Patience Egyapong, who is in charge of the prosecution, that he was 18 years old.
Osumanu’s age dispute then forced trial judge Ms. Abena Oppong Adjin-Doku to order an age assessment at the police hospital to determine his exact age.
According to the court, if the accused was 17, then the trial would be void.
Osumanu was remanded in custody only to reappear on April 18.
The facts reported by the prosecution were that the complainants were police officers from the Greater Accra Regional Police Command.
According to the prosecution, Osumanu resides in Joma, near Ablekuma in Accra and on March 25 this year, the regional police command received information that a group of young men in Joma were participating in guarding activities. land and robbed and terrorized the people of Joma. , Ablekumah and other communities in the region.
Based on this, the prosecution said that the police had embarked on an exercise to fish criminals in the area and that on March 26 of this year, between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., Osumanu was arrested in his hiding place.
When it was searched, a set of military uniforms and a cutlass were recovered.
The prosecution said Osumanu told the police that the uniform belonged to a Kwasi, but did not take the police to that Kwasi.