A Techiman Circuit presided over by His Lordship Justice Alexander Graham has sentenced a self-styled lawyer to two years imprisonment in hard labour.
Iddrisu Yahaya pleaded guilty to the deceit of court by impersonation which is a misdemeanour and was slapped sentenced to two years imprisonment.
On the 2nd charge which is defrauding by false pretence levelled against him by the suspected robbers, he pleaded not guilty and so will reappear on May 27 to continue with that trial. If found guilty, he could face up to 25 years imprisonment.
It would be recalled that MyNewsGh.com reported in February this year how daring man, identified as Iddrisu Yahaya who appeared in court, properly clad in lawyer’s garb, all confident and poised to seek bail for his supposed clients ran out of luck and got arrested upon the orders of the judge of the Techiman Circuit Court where the drama unfolded.
Mr Yahaya was in the court to seek bail terms for four accused persons who had been charged with robbery, kidnapping and murder in Atebubu.
As is usually the case, he had charged and duly collected a part of his legal fees amounting to GHC 25,000 from his ‘clients’ so as to act -literally- as their lawyer.
While seated in court with superior airs and all, His Honour Mr Alexander Graham who was presiding over the circuit court called for his arrest while alerting JoyNews’s correspondent in the Bono Region to witness, take pictures and report according.
This was after the self-styled legal practitioner while trying to convince the judge on why his clients must be granted bail, exhibited his ignorance in the legal terminologies to the shock of His Honour Mr Alexander Graham who wondered where he studied his version of the law.
Upon further interrogation, it was realized that suspect in question was a teacher but claimed to be a lawyer and could neither mention the name of one of his mates nor when he was actually called to the bar.
In one breath he claimed to have been called to the bar last year September and in another instance said he was a third-year law student who was yet to be called to the bar.
His conflicting accounts gave credence to the fact he was fake and therefore was whisked away by the police to commence investigations into his claim.