Embattled New Patriotic Party (NPP) loyalist, Hajia Fati, on Monday, 21 May 2018, appeared before the Adjabeng Magistrates’ Court to answer to charges of assault and damage of property leveled against her.
She pleaded not guilty to both counts although she had admitted to hitting the complainant in her caution statement.
According to Police Prosecutor, Insp. Greg Yeboah, investigations into the matter have been completed.
Lawyer for the defendant, Nkrabea Effah Darteh, pleaded for bail and assured teh court that Hajia Fati will make herself available for trial.
He also disclosed in court that attempts are being made to settle the case amicably, since it is a misdemeanor amenable to settlement by law.
The court admitted the accused to bail in the sum of GHS10,000 with one surety.
The case has been adjourned to 18, June 2018.
Madam Fati is standing trial for allegedly slapping Adom FM’s Ohemaa Sekyiwaa who was covering events at the NPP’s headquarters on Friday, 4 May 2018 as the party’s suspended Second National Vice Chair, Sammy Crabbe, went to pick his nomination forms to contest as an executive in the party’s yet to be held delegates congress.
According to Ohemaa Sekyiwaa, Hajia Fati was infuriated at Mr Crabbe, for coming to the party’s headquarters to pick nomination forms to contest in the elections. In her bid to get an interview, the embittered Hajia Fati smashed the reporter’s phone and punched her mouth, accusing her of working for Mr Crabbe.
Hajia Fati on Wednesday, 9 May 2018, rendered an unqualified apology to the victim and Ghanaian journalists in general.
Speaking at the NPP headquarters she said: “I’m here today to appeal to all pressmen. I’m on my knees begging you people; I don’t have any grudge with any pressman. It was a mistake, please, you people should forgive me”.