The suspect standing trial for the murder of J. B Danquah-Adu, a former Member of Parliament, has attempted to kill a Prison officer for confiscating his phone, ABC News can report.
The incident happened on Sunday, January 5, 2020, at the Nsawan Medium Security Prison.
This incident was revealed at the Accra High Court on Thursday, January 9, 2020, when Daniel Asiedu, popularly known as Sexy Don Don complained to the court that he has been manhandled in prison.
Sexy Don Don narrated to the court that he was stripped naked and beaten in prison and pleaded with the court to help him because his life is in danger.
“My life is in danger and I want the court to help me,” he told the Court.
The presiding Judge, Justice George Buadi, after inspecting the body of Asiedu, asked the leader of the prison officers who had brought him to court for an explanation.
The Prison Officer, according to reports, explained that Asiedu had complained to an Assistant Superintendent of Prisons (ASP) (name not mentioned) that another inmate had seized his (Asiedu’s) phone.
In view of that, he said, the ASP told Asiedu to call the said inmate who had ceased the phone. When the inmate arrived, he had on him two phones – one belonging to him and another for Asiedu.
According to the prison officer, the ASP seized both phones which infuriated Asiedu who picked an offensive weapon and attempted to stab the ASP, amid shouts of, “I will kill you”.
He said Asiedu was stopped and had since been kept in solitary confinement in prison.
However, the allegations of torture were denied by the officer.
Both the prosecutor, Sefakor Batse, a Senior State Attorney, and Asiedu’s lawyer, Augustine Obour, inspected the marks on Asiedu’s body.
In his submission, Mr Obour said such treatment should not be meted out to his client.
According to him, that was not the first time his client had complained to the court about being ill-treated in prison.
The state, he said, had a duty to protect his client and ensure that his dignity was protected at all times.
“Next time it will not be marks, but death. He has been in custody for three years with no bail and even no trial,” he argued.
The Prosecutor, in response, said while she acknowledged the marks on Asiedu’s body, there was no concrete proof that they were as a result of torture.
Also, she said, the accused must also be mindful of his actions and watch how he behaved in lawful custody.
“I have noticed that there is some behavioural trend and there is a problem with his character. He should be advised to behave well,” she said.