On Wednesday, August 3, 2022, the Asokore Mampong Magistrate Court ordered the remand of six Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) students who had reportedly gang-raped a first-year student.
All six were in court for the first hearing of their case with the judge agreeing to a request by the prosecution that the accused be remanded as they continue investigations into the matter.
In a post-hearing interview, the six students’ attorney emphasized that his clients are innocent until proven guilty by the courts or by pleading innocent.
Lawyer Richard Adu Darko told the media: â€œthese are students of KNUST who have been accused of rape. Looking at the facts that have been presented to us, honestly, we donâ€™t see rape, but thatâ€™s what we have been accused of.
â€œAnd once someone is accused, the law says that that person is innocent until proven guilty or the person pleads otherwise.â€
The accused are: Patrick Fosu, Edwin Nii Noi Quaynor, John Wilson, Kingsley Asiedu Andoh, Thompson Nii, and Assafua Eric.
For his part, ACP Kofi Blagodzi, the state prosecutor, said his team will continue with their investigations ahead of the next sitting scheduled for 18 August.
The defence lawyer also disclosed that he will apply to a higher court to seek bail for his clients, among other things to allow them to write their examinations.
â€œAt this material moment this is a court of the first instance, and they have been brought here for purposes of remanding them in lawful custody.
â€œSo, we are also going to take steps and go to the appropriate forum and then apply for bail for them, then they can continue with their examinations and face trial while the matter is pending before the court.â€