Cop Jailed For Assisting Ex-convict Travel Abroad
An Accra Circuit Court has sentenced a police officer to twelve years imprisonment for assisting an ex-convict Harold Davies Johnson to travel abroad without serving his jail term at the Nsawam Prisons. This was also after the Detective Lance Corporal Kwame Adu Asabereh was found guilty by the court at the end of the trial. The police
officer was said to have allowed himself to be corrupted by Johnson, an ex-convict, to assist him to travel abroad and escape serving his jail term. He was charged with forgery of an official document, abetment of crime, and corruption by a public officer. The facts of prosecution led by Assistant Superintendent of Police Emmanuel
Nyamekye before the court presided over by Patricia Amponsah are that Asabereh was a police officer stationed at the Criminal Investigation Department of the Ghana Police Service. The prosecution said in 2019, a case of defrauding by false pretences involving Harold Davies Johnson, aka Emmanuel Snowden, a British
national, reported by Dr Shadrack Asare, was referred to Asabereh for investigations. It said after investigations, Asabereh was instructed to charge and arraign Johnson on the charge of defrauding by false pretence. Johnson was, therefore, put before the court presided over by Naa Adjeley Quaison. Johnson pleaded guilty to the charge
and was sentenced to three years imprisonment. The prosecution said Johnson was handed over to Asabereh, the case officer, to be sent to Nsawam Medium Prison. Surprisingly, the prosecution said, Asabereh failed to send Johnson to the Nsawam and sent him to his (Asabereh’s) house at Sapieman where he stayed for some time. The prosecution said investigations also
showed that Johnson promised to assist Asabereh to travel abroad and based on that, Asabereh released Johnson’s passport to him and he travelled to the United Kingdom without serving his sentence. The prosecution said Asabereh forged the Police Removal of Prisoner Book to suggest that Johnson had been sent and received by prison authorities at Nsawam. The prosecution said when Asabereh was arrested, he admitted the offence.