The incarceration of thirty-six year old Charles Antwi for the attempted killing of President John Dramani Mahama, is turning murkier as the mother of the convict claims her son is mentally unstable.
Madam Afia Agyapomaa told Accra-based Joy FM on Tuesday that the family has been seeking help from mental health facilities and prayers camps to treat Charles Antwi for the past two years.
She thus expressed shock at the news that his son allegedly had intentions to kill the President and was handed ten years by a Circuit Court Judge.
According to her, the family hadn’t heard of Charles Antwi for the past one week, but they knew he had left Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region to visit his brother in Accra.
She said family members are yet to be informed to consider their next line of action.
An Accra Circuit Court presided over by Justice Francis Obiri on Monday July 28, found 36-year-old Charles Antwi guilty of second-degree felony after he confessed he wanted to kill President Mahama.
This was after the 36-year-old man arrested at the Ringway Gospel Assemblies of God Church, had admitted that he had been at the President’s church on three occasions previously in an attempt to kill him. He says he is unhappy with the way the country is being run.
Charles Antwi, was arrested during church service by National Security on Sunday, July 26 after being fidgety. A search on him revealed a fully loaded pistol, which the prosecutor revealed was double-barreled and given to him by a Burkinabe.
He also told the court that he had been directed to the church by a soldier and it was his fourth consecutive Sunday at the church. It was also revealed that the suspect had been to countries like Libya and Mali before.
Meanwhile some lawyers say his incarceration was flawed; and there are indications some human right lawyers may be filing an appeal against the ruling.
Constitutional Lawyer based in the US, Professor Stephen Kwaku Asare, has told Accra-based Joy FM incarceration is “unheard of and despicable”.
“The issue is not whether Charles Antwi was competent to stand trial but rather whether Judge Francis Obiri is competent to be a trial judge in such a complex case. No competent judge will sentence a man, not represented by a lawyer, to a 10-year prison term within 48 hours of his arrest, investigation, indictment, alleged confession, plea and, I suppose, “trial. The Judge’s handling of the case falls significantly short of the procedural due process requirements guaranteed by the Constitution. This will be reversed on appeal” he said in his Facebook post.
By: Ebenezer Afanyi Dadzie/3news.com/Ghana