The State Prosecution in the rape trial of embattled showbiz icon Kwasi Kyei Darkwah, aka KKD, yesterday served the suspect with the bill of indictment.
The prosecutor, ACP Moses Atibilla, said they had also filed the necessary processes at the High Court on Wednesday to commence the trial.
It may be recalled that ACP Atibilla had at the last adjourned date told an Accra District Court presided over by Adwoa Akyaamaa Ofosu that the prosecution needed a short adjournment to enable it serve KKD the summary of evidence and the bill of indictment.
He was optimistic that when that was done, the committal proceedings would begin for the case to be moved to the appropriate court.
The serving of the bill of indictment sets the tone for the start of the trial, although the 19-year-old complainant, Ewuraffe Orleans Thompson, is reported to have written to the state that is prosecuting KKD for the alleged rape that she was no longer interested in the case and desired to see the charges dropped.
Mr Tony Forson, one of the counsels for the accused person, confirmed that his client had been served with the document.
A Human Rights Court in Accra has granted KKD bail on humanitarian grounds in the sum of GH¢20,000 with two sureties.
The court granted the bail because counsel for the accused person filed supplementary affidavits on January 6, 2015 and further affidavits on January 8, 2015, supported by a medical report.
The case has been adjourned to February 5, 2015.
KKD's Relatives In Court
Limping on his left leg and supported by a walking stick, KKD appeared before the court accompanied by a few of his relatives, including his father, Opanyin Kwasi Darkwah (aka OKD), who has recently been showing up in court to show solidarity with his son.
After the hearing, Opanyin Darkwah aided his son to descend the staircase of the court and supported him to sit in his car.
ACP Atibilla had earlier told journalists that the state intended to continue with the case.
The police chief had argued that prosecution was for the state, insisting that the fact that the victim had written to withdraw the case did not mean the charges would be dropped.
'Prosecution is for the state…so notwithstanding the fact that you have brought a letter withdrawing the case, we can still go ahead with the case…I know that the state says they will prosecute him,' he had stated.
The position of the prosecution comes days after the Attorney-General (A-G) had cast doubts over the authenticity of the said letter allegedly written by the lady at the centre of the rape scandal.
Ewuraffe Orleans Thompson had in the two page letter dated January 12, addressed to the Director of Public Prosecutions at the Attorney-General's Department and copied to the Chief Justice, the Registrar of the High Court and the Ghana Police Service, reportedly cited the 'media frenzy' that followed the arrest of KKD and the unceasing buzz and social media posts, which she described as 'insensitive,' for her decision to call for an end to the case.
According to her, she was unable to continue cooperating with the police who are prosecuting the case, stressing that since the story of her rape allegation against KKD broke, her life had taken a dramatic turn.
The victim further stated that she had not been able to appear in public without attracting hushed gossip and finger-pointing.
KKD had also in a letter dated January 12, 2015, apologised for the 'ridicule and disgrace' brought by his action.
'I, Kwasi Kyei Darkwah, wish to make this public announcement that I truly and sincerely apologise for the public ridicule and disgrace that have ensued by reason of the fleeting pleasure of the flesh involving (the complainant) and myself,' he stated in the letter.
KKD was picked up by the Airport police for allegedly raping the lady in a bathroom at the African Regent Hotel on December 27, 2014.
He is said to have had carnal knowledge of the victim without her consent, even though KKD claimed that it was consensual sex.
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