On Tuesday, the Accra Circuit Court Four acquitted Dr. Dominic Kwame Obeng-Andoh, the Obengfo Hospital’s founder, based in Accra’s Weija.
He was charged with being an unregistered doctor and maintaining an unlicensed health facility, but he was not found guilty by the prosecution’s presentation of the charges.
In a 100-page decision that he read for more than an hour, Mr Emmanuel Essandoh said, “He entered through the eye of the law.”
Instead of separating them, he said the charges were lumped together, adding there were also contradictions in the evidence given by the witnesses of the prosecution.
The testimony was thus unreliable and inadequate, leaving the court unconvinced and unimpressed about the veracity of the argument, explained Mr Essandoh.
Police, he said, did not give him the opportunity to validate his facility’s evidence gathered.
The Judge also described the charges as “diametrically apart,” saying, there was no document to corroborate the offense of failure to operate without license.
His counsel in appreciation said the decision was definitive and thorough, which for years to come will serve as an authority.
Counsel had demanded that no appeal be filed after the prosecution had made its case and the Court ruled on it.
During its routine inspection in July 2015, the Medical and Dental Council received information that Dr. Obeng-Andoh had refused to renew his annual license for private practice and service.
The Council, armed with this information, lodged a complaint with the police which led to his arrest on 28 December 2016.