The Ashaiman Circuit Court has granted bail to Safianu Osumanu and Aishatu Osumanu, siblings accused of verbally assaulting public officers and disrupting court proceedings. Bail was set at Gh¢20,000 each, with two sureties required for each accused, one of whom must be justified.
The siblings, who pleaded not guilty to five counts of assault on public officers, offensive conduct, and disturbance of court, had been in police custody since February 2, 2024. Their arrest stemmed from an incident at the Ashaiman District Court, where they allegedly used offensive language towards police officers and a court janitor.
The bail decision was made by Mr Simon Gaga, presiding over the court, following an application by their counsel, Ms Harriet Ampah-Benning. Ms Ampah-Benning informed the court that Aishatu was nursing a one-year-old child, while Safianu was a responsible individual unlikely to flee.
The case has been adjourned to March 25, 2024, for a case management conference (CMC). Police Chief Inspector Christian Oscar Norgbedzi, prosecuting the case, identified the complainants as court janitor Ms Millicent Zogli, Inspector Henry Tetteh Nartey, Corporal David Kwame Nyong, and Lance Corporal Rebecca Addo.
According to the prosecutor, the incident occurred on February 1, 2024, when the accused siblings, accompanying their mother to court for a civil suit, disrupted court proceedings and verbally assaulted the complainants. They allegedly became unruly following an unfavourable court judgment against their mother.
Despite attempts by the police officers to intervene, the siblings resisted and continued their disruptive behaviour, leading to their arrest and subsequent arraignment.
The case underscores the importance of respecting court proceedings and the authority of public officers, with the accused facing serious charges for their alleged conduct.