- The driver and mate accused of assaulting a police officer have been granted bail
- The driver of the bus has given detailed account of what transpired
The trotro driver who joined forces with his conductor (mate) to beat up a policeman has narrated his own version of the story.
Francis Buabeng, and his mate, Albert Ansah, were arrested for assaulting a uniformed policeman.
The two were filmed beating up the police officer following a disagreement around the Weija to Kasoa road.
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Speaking to Joy News, the driver said the police officer attacked him and his mate first before they retaliated.
According to him, the officer chased him with a motorbike to Mallam Junction and forcefully tried to take his car keys.
“When I got to Mallam junction, my vehicle was crossed by a motor rider. I had no idea what I had done. A policeman sitting behind the rider alighted and approached my side of the car.
“He hit the door that I should open it. My door has a fault so it didn’t open so he used the other side the car and entered. He attempted to remove my car key,” Buabeng said.
He added that the said policeman started hitting him and when his mate tried to intervene, the officer turned attention to him too.
The driver said he was left with no other option than to defend himself, which resulted in an exchange of blows.
“While I tried to get my hand closer to the key, but he started punching me many times. The passengers even complained that he shouldn’t do that since he is a law enforcer. I actually lost control of the vehicle, forcing it to move back and hit the pavement,” Buabeng explained.
“He kept hitting me; my face, mouth and other parts of my body. When my mate tried to stop him, he turned his attention to him and started hitting him as (mate) well.
“He gave me a head-butt while wearing the helmet so I had to defend myself, so we traded punches,” he added.
Meanwhile, the driver and his mate are set to appear before court on April 1 after being granted bail on Friday, March 29, 2019.
They have both been charged with conspiracy to commit a crime and causing unlawful damage, although they reportedly pleaded not guilty.
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