The Accra Circuit court today, February 22, 2021, slapped a student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) with a hefty fine of GHC 10.000 and three months in jail for dreaming about burning down the Supreme court of Ghana.
Simon Awini Ayamga, a nursing student at KNUST threatened that if the seven-member panel of the apex court refuses to allow the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission to be cross-examined by petitioners in the ongoing presidential election petition, he will burn the court.
The court presided over by Justice Emmanuel Essandor convicted him of his own plea after he has pleaded guilty to the charge of breach of public peace. In sentencing the accused, the trial judge said the comment made by Simon was intended to provoke the breach of the peace in the country.
According to the Police prosecutor, D/Sgt. Frederick Sarpong, on February 9, 2021, Simon Ayamga on a social media platform threatened to burn down the Supreme court if the Justices failed to compel Mrs. Jean Mensah the 1st Respondent of Ghana’s 2020 Presidential Election Petition to mount the witness box.
He was arrested and in his caution statement admitted to the offence and was accordingly charged with offensive conduct conducive to the breach of peace and put before the court.