The police officer at the center of the Midland Savings and Loan customer battering video has been dragged before an Accra Circuit Court.
The accused, Lance Corporal Fredrick Amanor Godzi is before the court to answer charges of assault.
It is the case of the prosecution that the policeman aka Skala on July 19 this year at Shiashie the assaulted the victim, Patience Sarfo, 36 with a baby.
Lance Corporal Amanor made headlines after a video recording capturing him assaulting Patience in the banking hall of the Midland Savings and loans company went viral on social media.
Frederick was seen pounding the head of the victim with an umbrella several times before resorting to slaps and punches of the woman who was still carrying her baby.
Not even the cry of the baby would deter the police officer from going ahead with his assault.
The incident which received widespread condemnation from all Ghanaians, including the police administration and civil society groups has landed the accused in court.
Appearing in a court presided over by Jane Akwele Quaye, the accused denied the offence and was remanded into police custody until August 9.
The facts of the case are that the complainant is a petty trader resident at Shiashie and a customer of Midland Savings and Loans Limited.
On July, 13, the complainant went to the Shiashie branch of Midland Savings and Loans to make a withdrawal, there were other customers so she joined the queue.
After some hours in the queue, the bank officials came to inform her that they were having network challenges so she should go and come on Monday.
On the said Monday July 16, Patience went to the bank and after waiting for several hours the same excuse was given to her, an excuse which continued anytime she went to the facility for her money.
According to the prosecution, on July 19, the victim went to the bank again at about 7:30am and waited till the bank opened on 9am, but after serving some people officials of the bank came with the same story saying anyone who has something doing could go and return at 12 midday.
Patience rather opted to stay in anticipation to get some money at 12pm but at 2pm the bank officials after attending to some customers asked the rest of them including Patience to go and come the next day.
Disappointed by the turn of events, the victim approached the bank official and explained her frustration and requested if they could give her GH¢100 to pay her debtors so that she can get something to feed her baby.
Two bank officials-Kukuua and Shelly instead called the accused to sack Patience from the banking hall who assaulted and dragged her out from the bank.
On the orders of the Inspector General of police the accused was arrested and admitted the offence in is caution statement.
By: Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson