June 20, 2024
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Fire Service Officer Jailed For Assaulting Court Bailiff

An officer of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), Emmanuel Ayitah Quansah, has been sentenced to prison for two days for contempt of court after assaulting a court bailiff.

The bailiff went to serve him in a case in which he was the respondent, but the officer and his household “teamed up to beat up the bailiff.”

A lawyer of the Judicial Service Staff Association and counsel for the victim, Theophilus Donkor, told the court that the attention of the association has been drawn to the recent surge in the assault of bailiffs who are performing their official duties.

Counsel told the court that, being a serving fire service officer, Quansah ought to have known that the bailiff was performing his official duties.

“if he had any challenge with the process or the mode the bailiff was using, he could have come to Court to verify.”

Justice Sarah Aryee, a Justice of the High Court, said, “From the court’s record, the bailiff was entrusted with a process to serve on the respondent in this matter.”

The court said, “The respondent (officer) refused to accept the process, and the bailiff threw it at him.”

The officer, according to the court, “decided to beat up the bailiff, after the officer said, “the bailiff should have served him in his office.”

The court said he fireman should not have beaten up the bailiff even if he had wanted him to serve the process at the office.

“Counsel for the Judicial Service has informed the court about how bailiffs are constantly assaulted. This canker has to be nibbed in the bud.

“The respondent is found guilty of contempt of court since he failed to purge himself when the court gave him the opportunity to do so before the court.

“The respondent is sentenced to a custodial sentence of two (2) days imprisonment.

Meanwhile, the substantive matter titled ‘Estate of Madam Diana Lamiorkor with suit No. PA0884/2023 has been adjourned to the 24th of July, 2023.

Story By Edinam Sablah

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