A Ghanaian police officer, General Lance Corporal Victor Antwi Yeboah has been granted bail after being arraigned in court following a viral video of him sexually harassing a lady in a vehicle.
The incident occurred on Friday, November, 26, 2021, when Yeboah and two other colleagues were assigned on night patrol duties. At about 3:00am, the police officers were said to have extended their tour to Fiapre roundabout near the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR).
Upon reaching the roundabout, they saw an unregistered Toyoto Corolla parked few metres away from the roundabout along the road leading to Berlin-Top with the parking lights on. They reportedly moved towards the car to find out if there were occupants in it and what they were doing.
The team claimed they saw a man having sexual intercourse with a female in the front passenger seat. In an attempt to arrest them, L CpL Yeboah held the victim and searched where the victim was sitting, but did not find anything.
Yeboah then reportedly started touching the thighs of the victim and tried fingering her while saying “you are naked, you are naked” amidst resistance from her.
The harassment continued for a while and the victim together with the boyfriend were eventually arrested for the offences of gross indecency and sent to the Sunyani Municipal Police Station where they reported the matter for further investigation. The victim and the boyfriend were cautioned and admitted to enquiry bail.
However at about 2:00pm on the same day, the regional police command saw a viral video of Lance CpL Yeboah indecently assaulting the victim and subsequently set the necessary investigations into the matter, leading to his arrest.
During interrogation, the police officer admitted to touching the thighs of the victim, but explained that he did not do it with any bad intention.
He was granted bail in the sum of GH¢ 10,000 with one surety, after being arraigned in court on charges of assault and indecent assault.
The court presided over by His Worship Eric Daning, further asked the prosecutor, the accused person and his counsel to seek an out of court settlement since the charges provided in sections 73 and 74 of the court Act 1993 Act 459 were all misdemeanours.
He said the court was empowered under Sections 37 and 47 of the Court Act to promote reconciliation such matters and accordingly called on the parties involved in the case to attempt reconciliation through an out of court settlement.
The accused is expected to reappear on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, before the court for continuation of the case.