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TETTEH V. THE REPUBLIC

(2002) JELR 68286 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  11 Apr 2002  •  Ghana

Coram
AMPIAH JSC, KPEGAH JSC, ACQUAH JSC, ATUGUBA JSC, ADZOE JSC

Judgement

ADZOE JSC.

The complainant in this case was an officer in the Ghana Armed Forces. He was the Provost Marshal. His duties touched on security and discipline within the armed forces. The appellant, on the other hand, was a corporal. He had had 19 years of military service to his credit.

On the night of 19 November 1996 the appellant was alleged to have done something very strange. The appellant who was then living in barracks in the Burma Camp in Accra had earlier in the day left the barracks to town. He spent much time in town. At the time he was driving back to the barracks at about 11.30 pm the Provost Marshal was also driving into the Burma Camp. According to the prosecution, the Provost Marshal stopped at the Burma Camp traffic light because the red light was on, meaning all vehicles must stop. But as he waited, a car from behind drove past him, ignoring the red signal. When the green light came on, the Provost Marshal decided to find out the person who drove through the red light. …

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