The 19-year-old girl who accused media icon, Kwesi Kyei Darkwa (KKD) of rape has withdrawn the charges, sources at the Greater Accra Police Command have told citifmonline.com.
[contextly_sidebar id=”J24Ni0vCyXAXeUm1ABXNsMG81fAxrZpd”]The lady is said to have written to the court to withdraw the case.
It is unclear whether the prosecutor will subsequently drop all charges against KKD who has been in police custody since December 28, 2014 for allegedly raping Ewurefe Orleans Thompson.
The Attorney General (AG) may consider the request of the lady but that decision will be influenced by the evidence the AG or the Police have.
However if the two institutions have enough evidence, they can still go ahead and prosecute the case.
The victim alleged that she was raped at the African Regent Hotel in Accra.
KKD denied raping her but admitted having consensual sex with her.
On Tuesday morning, the bail application hearing of KKD was adjourned to Thursday January 15, 2015.
At the request of KKD’s counsel, Tony Folson, the case was heard in camera but it is unclear why that request was made.
In his lawyer’s bail application, he argued that the facts do not show “there was any physical or verbal threat of harm or physical restraint used to compel the victim to have sex with the accused, yet, the prosecution contends the use of force.”
He further argued among others that, even though there were two other persons in the room during the alleged rape incident, the facts of the prosecutor do not state that “any one of them heard noise from the so-called victim.”
The KKD alleged rape saga: The story so far
December 27, 2014: Renowned broadcaster Kwasi Kyei Darkwah is arrested by the police at the African Regent Hotel and is held at the Airport Police Station in Accra.
December 28, 2014: Nana Asante Bediatuo, lawyer for KKD, rejects the allegations of rape against his client, revealing that the two had “consensual sex.”
December 29, 2014: An member of KKD’s family tells Citi News that they suspect foul play in the circumstances leading to his arrest.
December 30, 2014: KKD is charged with rape and makes his first appearance in court where he is denied bail by a Kaneshi District court.
December 31, 2014: Lawyers for KKD file another bail application at the Human Rights court in Accra which they describe as a ‘higher court’ following the denial of their original application.
December 31, 2014: In their application for bail at the Human Rights Court, the lawyers say that security footage at the hotel from the night of the incident captured the complainant and their client “romantically kissing” adding that the two were locked in a similar embrace after the alleged incident.
December 31, 2014: The fashion icon, in a Facebook post, assures his sympathizers that he is “alive and well” and warns his detractors not to speak of his demise yet.
January 8, 2015: KKD is admitted at the Police Hospital in Accra after he was seen limping badly during his case for bail which was adjourned by the Magistrate Court.
January 13, 2015: Reports emerge that the alleged victim has withdrawn her complaint against the broadcaster after his case for bail was adjourned to Thursday, January 15.
By: Marian Efe Ansah and Edwin Kwakofi/citifmonline.com/Ghana