An Accra court has fined 46-year-old mechanic, Antaru Issaka GHS960 for destroying the fence wall of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s Nima residence.
Issaka was charged with careless and inconsiderate driving, causing damage, driving without a license, use of a motor vehicle with an expired license policy and the use of a motor vehicle with an expired roadworthy certificate. He is also said to have destroyed a telephone pole close to the residence of the president.
According to Ghana News Agency, the unlicensed mechanic pleaded guilty to all the charges and was convicted on his own plea.
The court presided over by Ms. Ama Admoako Kwakye said should Antaru Issaka default in paying the fine, he will serve an eight-week jail term.
Facts of the case as presented to the court by Prosecutor Sergeant Apewah Achana was that Issaka on May 15, 2021, at about 15:30 was driving a Mercedes Benz with registration number GS-5885-Z from Nima roundabout towards Nima Junction through El-Waleed Bin Talaa Road.
The prosecution said the convict, on reaching a section of the road close to the president’s private residence allegedly suffered a brake failure and rammed into the fence wall of the residence, causing damage to the wall and a telephone pole yet to be valued.
The accused was subsequently found to be an unlicensed driver during the investigation while the vehicle involved had no valid insurance policy as well as a roadworthy certificate.