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‘Pragia’ rider convicted for crashing into teacher and soldier

February 21, 2024
'Pragia' rider convicted for crashing into teacher and soldier

The Asante Circuit Court has rendered a verdict against Christian Kpornyo, a tricycle rider (Pragia), for his involvement in an that resulted in injuries to a female teacher and a soldier. However, sentencing has been deferred to March 7, 2024, to allow the driver's family to address the victims' medical treatment settlement.

Kpornyo faced charges including riding without a license, dangerous riding, negligently causing harm, and failure to attend to the injured persons. Admitting to riding without a license and negligently causing harm, he was convicted based on his own plea. However, he denied riding dangerously and provided an explanation of guilt regarding his failure to attend to the injured persons.

According to Police Chief Inspector David Amofa, the incident occurred on February 9, 2024, around 09:30 AM, when Kpornyo was operating his motor tricycle with registration number M-21 AS2215 at Senfi. He rode dangerously, resulting in a collision with Charlotte Okyere. Following the collision, soldiers Kofi Takyi and Dominic Ofori pursued Kpornyo, eventually apprehending him. Despite being instructed to take the vehicle to the Senfi Police Station, Kpornyo refused and attempted to flee towards Dominase. During the pursuit, Private Takyi sustained injuries and lost consciousness after falling from the tricycle.

Private Takyi was admitted and treated for two weeks at the Dominase Hospital for head and body injuries, while Charlotte Okyere was treated and discharged. Ofori, the soldier who pursued Kpornyo, later found Takyi unconscious with multiple injuries.

The formal complaint lodged with the Police led to Kpornyo's arrest, culminating in the ongoing legal proceedings.

The Court has instructed the prosecution to file and serve their disclosure on the accused person for trial, as sentencing remains pending until March 7, 2024.

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