BY MUNTALLA INUSAH| firstname.lastname@example.org
THE CIRCUIT Court in Accra has upheld a submission of no case filed against the skipper of the Senior National soccer team, the Black Star, Mr Asamoah Gyan, in the case in which Gyan sued one Sarah Kwablah and three others.
The court, presided over by Her Honour Mrs Afia Agbanu Kumador, in its ruling on the submission of no case filed by the lawyers of the accused persons, said the prosecution failed to establish prima facie case against each of the accused persons.
The four persons, Osarfo Anthony (Arts/Entertainment Writer), Chris Handler (Blogger), Sarah Kwablah (Law student), and Ekow Micah (musician) have been facing prosecution in the last three years.
It was the case of the former Sunderland striker that the accused persons conspired to extort money from him after publications were carried in an online portal over his alleged sexual escapade with Ms Kwablah
But the court said the evidence that was adduced in court by the first prosecution witness in the person of Mr Anim Addo, Gyan’s manager and complainant in the case, did not show that the accused persons extorted money from the Black Star skipper.
The court subsequently upheld the submission of no case filed by the accused persons and acquitted and discharged them.
The accused persons, except Ekow Micah, who was reported to be sick, were in court but the Black Star skipper was not.
Prosecution said Anthony is an employee of Handler and that in June 2016 year, an alleged sodomy story involving Gyan broke out in Ghana’s electronic and print media. According to the prosecution, the said publication said Sarah alleged that Gyan had sexual intercourse and anal sex with her and she became pregnant.
Ms Kwablah, a law student, according to the prosecution, discussed the matter with Micah and later met Anthony and Handler to discuss the issue and to publish the story on their website in order to scare Gyan, who would give them money.
Anthony and Handler published the first story on their website and promised to release the sex tape in their subsequent editions.
Prosecution said a witness in the case read the story on their website known as Ghanabase.com and alerted the complainant.
The complainant contacted Anthony on phone and they threatened to release the sex tape unless a colossal amount was paid or a house was bought for Sarah.
The prosecution said in the complainant’s bid to protect the image of Gyan, he asked Anthony and Handler to hold on with the publication.
Prosecution said Anthony and Handler threatened to defame the skipper and they called for an urgent payment of the money.
The complainant, the prosecution said, feigned interest to pay. When Handler was contacted they charged GH¢ 30,000.00.
The complainant bargained and they settled on GH¢ 25,000.00.
The complainant, Anthony and Handler agreed to meet at the London Restaurant.
The complainant reported the matter to the police and on July 29, 2019, Anthony met him at the London Restaurant, where 1,000 dollars, GH¢ 6,000.00 and a cheque for GHc 15,000.00 was given to him.
Anthony was, however, nabbed when he received the money. The rest of the accused persons were arrested later.
Source: Ghana/dailyheritage.com.gh/March 21, 2019