Though sentenced to a 10-year imprisonment by an Accra Circuit Court a day after being arrested at President Mahama’s church, Charles Antwi, 36, was released after lawyers questioned the manner he was sentenced.
Human rights lawyer Francis Xavier Sosu secured a certiorari at an Accra High Court on Monday, August 31 to have the gunman released.
Antwi was arrested on Sunday, July 26 at the Ringway Branch of the Assemblies of God Church for wielding a double-barreled gun. He confessed he was there – his fourth consecutive time – to take the life of the president.
Presiding judge JA Okwabi on Monday directed a mental assessment of Dadiesoaba-born man.
“We have the highest suspicion that he is mentally ill but we will now need to confirm,” stated Dr Akwasi Osei, the Medical Director of the Hospital.
Speaking on TV3’s News 360 on Wednesday, Dr Osei said a decision will be taken after the assessment to know whether Antwi will be kept at the forensic ward of the Hospital or in prison for treatment.
“That decision will be taken after he is brought here.”
The Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) is reported to be processing the necessary moves to get Antwi transferred to the Hospital for the assessment.