Missing Lands Commission Staff: Her Husband Tried To Influence Me To Change Police Statement – Witness Tells Court
It has been revealed that a KNUST lecturer on trial for kidnapping his missing wife attempted to get a witness to change his statement to the police.
The first witness called by state prosecutors was the besieged lecturer’s subordinate, Isaac Offei Aduamah, a teaching assistant.
Dr. Wilberforce Nkrumah Aggrey has been in detention since his arrest on October 6, 2021, on charges of kidnapping and deception of a public officer.
The teaching assistant told the court on August 30, 2021, that the embattled lecturer had a dress rehearsal with him on what he should say to the police in his statement, which he declined.
Dr. Aggrey’s earlier assertions that he slept in his residence with his children on the day his wife went missing last year were refuted by Isaac Offei Aduamah in court on Thursday, May 12, 2022.
According to the witness, he and two other teaching assistants, Michael and Ababio, stayed with the lecturer’s children in their hostel on August 30, 2021, the day Mrs. Rhodaline Amoah-Darko, the lecturer’s wife, went missing.
The lecturer did not show the students a snake he purportedly killed in a plastic bag until the next day when they sent them to his residence to prepare them for school.
Dr. Aggrey then went out to buy anti-snake repellent with one of the teaching assistants, Ababio.
When the witness returned from Accra to Kumasi to prepare his statement, Dr. Aggrey showed him a picture of the statement he and another teaching assistant had made to the police.
He went on to say that the instructor pressed him to memorize the statement to avoid contradictions, which he refused to do.
According to Isaac Aduamah, the first accused individual vetted a statement he made and tried to influence his testimony, but he ignored him and gave a statement based on how events happened.
Dr. Wilberforce Nkrumah Aggrey, the first accused, stayed silent and observed the proceedings while attempting to make eye contact with his former teaching assistant, who avoided him.
Lawyers representing Dr. Wilberforce Aggrey claimed throughout cross-examination that the witness’s account was false and not a truthful depiction of facts.
Because he was overwhelmed, the witness indicated he may have forgotten the sequence of events.
The hearing has been rescheduled for May 25, 2022.