Police Service Slapped With ¢320K Fine For Officers Negligence In Shootings 3
Cape coast high court has slapped Ghana Police Service with a ¢320,000 fine for the negligence of its officers over the shooting of three persons in a taxi cab.
The officers who were pursuing goat thieves from Twifo Praso fired into the thieves’ car. A stray bullet hit a moving taxi occupied by a couple and their daughter in the process.
According to the plaintiffs(name withdraw) on January 10, 2019, at about 6:30 am they board a taxi cab from Ankaful junction in cape coast when they were shot at by the cops who said they were chasing robbers from Twifo Praso.
The bullet fired by the police strayed and hit Mary Aboagye who later died at the hospital, hit her husband and hit one Cecilia Mensah, who was on her way to school.
Some bystanders around rescued the victims and sent them to the cape coast teaching hospital where Mary Aboagye was pronounced dead while the other two victims, Cecilia Mensah and her father sustained varying degrees of injuries as a result of the bullet they received.
The court presided over by His lordship Justice Kwasi Boakye explained that the judgment was not meant to intimidate and lower the morale of the crime-fighting institutions such as the Police.
He urged the Inspector General of the Ghana Police Service (IGP) to take proactive steps to ‘Damparise’ the Service.
He noted that there was a dire need to undertake a complete overhaul or re-engineer the service as far as its professional training needs and competence are concerned.
He referred to a similar incident where some armed policemen in broad day, shot into an unregistered saloon car at Tamale, resulting in the death of one of the occupants whereas the others sustained various degrees of injuries.
However the plaintiffs were grateful for the court ruling.
For heroesghnews, Sally Ngizah peace fm