Court remands British National over Drugs

Court remands British National over Drugs

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A British National who is facing a criminal charges has been remanded into custody by an Accra Circuit Court.

The Accused, David Philip McDermott, a British businessman has for the past three years been carrying out business in Ghana without lawful authority, Prosecution said.

The Accused who is also known as David Smith said he was innocent of the charges leveled against him by the Police when he appeared before the presiding judge, His Honour, Aboagye Tandoh. The Accused was accordingly remanded into lawful custody to reappear on Wednesday, the 30th of March, 2016.

Background to the Case

Hours earlier, the Prosecutor, DSP Annor informed the court that the Accused is a British National who had been living in Ghana for the past three years.

The state Prosecutor also said that in 2014, the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) received information from a reliable source that the Accused was involved in drug related businesses, adding that police investigation was therefore mounted on him and on the 11th of March, 2016, the Accused was arrested from his hideout at TSE residential area behind Trade Fair in Accra, and thereafter, brought to the BNI to assist in further investigations.

DSP Annor further stated that investigations so far reveal that the Accused is also wanted by the United Kingdom (UK) Government for similar offences (drug related offences).

The Police Officer asserted that further investigations indicated that the Accused is operating a Gold Mining Company in the Eastern Region of Ghana.

Prosecution told the court that the Accused is also believed to be in possession of a Ghanaian passport bearing the name David Smith, which he has been using to travel in and out of Ghana for the past three years, adding that investigations are ongoing.