No Bail For Cocaine Suspect

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A Sunyani Circuit Court yesterday refused to grant a bail
application in a case in which a 23-year old suspect, Sabina
Mustapha, has been arraigned for allegedly planning to deliver a
concealed substance, suspected to be cocaine, to an inmate of
the Sunyani Central Prison.
The case was heard at a Magistrate Court early this month
during which the suspect was remanded into police custody but
had to be transferred to the circuit court yesterday because the
magistrate court does not have jurisdiction over the matter.
Pleas by the counsel of the suspect, Mr Kwasi Kankam Boadu,
in addition to the suspect’s tears as she stood in the box, could
not move the court to grant the bail application.
Facts
Presenting the facts of the case, Police Inspector Martin Abeah
told the court that Mustapha, a trader, who is a resident of
Amangoase, a suburb of Berekum, visited Toffik Mohammed, an
inmate at the Sunyani Central Prison who is serving a 10-year jail
sentence, on January 10, 2017.
He explained that after the suspect had interacted with the
convict, officials of the prisons had a tip-off that she had
concealed substances suspected to be cocaine and was
planning to deliver them to Toffik Mohammed.
Inspector Abeah told the court that a search on the suspect after
she had been arrested by officials of the prison revealed 98
folded substances, suspected to be cocaine, which compelled
the officials to hand over Mustapha, together with the
substances, to the police.
Plea of prosecution
Inspector Abeah pleaded with the court to remand the suspect
into prison custody to allow the police to continue with its
investigations into the matter.
He stated that the substance would be sent to Accra for testing
and pleaded that the release of the suspect would interfere with
police investigations.
Counsel’s plea
However, the Counsel for the suspect, Mr Kwasi Kankam Boadu,
pleaded with the court to grant his client a bail since “the
offence is a bailable offence.”
He argued that his client was a woman of substance who had
people who were prepared to stand surety and that she would not
run away should she be granted bail.
“The suspect has no capacity to interfere with further
investigations on the substance which will be conducted in
Accra,” he stated.
In addition, Mr Boadu pleaded with the court to grant his bail
application to enable Sabina Mustapha, a nursing mother, to
breastfeed her two-year-old baby.
Notwithstanding these arguments, the court, presided over by
Miss Joan Eyi King, refused to grant the bail application on the
grounds that even though the offence was a bailable one, the
release of the suspect would interfere with police investigations.
The case has been adjourned to Monday, February 6, 2017.

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