An Accra Circuit Court has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Lawrence Abrokwa, the former husband of Afia Schwarzenegger for his failure to appear before it.
The court, presided over by Mrs. Justice Abena Oppong Adjin-Doku, a High Court judge sitting as an additional Circuit court judge, was expected to deliver its judgement Monday in the case in which Abrokwa was being held on two counts of domestic violence to wit emotional, verbal and psychological abuse, threat of harm, assault, publication of obscene material, carrying offensive weapon, causing unlawful damage and stealing.
Abrokwa failed to appear in court at the lasting sitting and the trial judge adjourned the case to Monday March 23, 2020.
On Monday however, when the case was called, the accused’s counsel told the court that he has made several calls to the accused but to no avail.
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The court, therefore, issued a bench warrant for his arrest and adjourned the matter to April 1.
Sergeant Opoku Aniagyei held the brief of the Prosecuting officer, Chief Inspector Kofi Atimbire.
The accused had pleaded not guilty and was granted bail in the sum of GH¢20,000.00-bail with three sureties, who should be gainfully employed.
The Prosecution had earlier told the Court that the plaintiff, Afia Schwarzenegger, and Abrokwa were married legally and lived at Dome Pillar Two, a suburb of Accra, in the house of the plaintiff.
About three weeks before the domestic incident, following persistent misunderstanding between them, Abrokwa packed his things and left the house for Dansoman according to the Prosecution.
He said on August 29, 2017, their house help, known to be Afia Nyamekye informed Abrokwa there was a male visitor with his mistress who planned on spending the night with her.
The Prosecution said based on this information, Abrokwa armed himself with a kitchen knife and a bottle containing some liquid suspected to be acid.
The prosecution said Abrokwa headed for the house, scaled the wall and entered the compound.
He said the accused on arriving found an unknown private car on the compound, which he believed obviously belonged to the visitor. He deflated two tyres of the said car, and assisted by the house help, entered the house through the back door.
He said the accused entered the bedroom with his mobile phone and forced the bedroom door opened and found Afia and her male visitor naked in bed.
The Prosecution said Abrokwa threatened them to remain as he found them for him to video, or else he would pour acid on them.
Prosecution said the male visitor managed to escape during the encounter, but Afia was prevented by Abrokwa, who held the bottle of the alleged acid in his hand, ordered her to go on her knees, and declare herself as a prostitute.
He said Afia obliged to his instructions, while Abrokwa continued his video filming ignoring the pleas of the plaintiff to stop.
The Prosecution said in the process, Abrokwa assaulted Afia and chased her out of the house.
He said Afia escaped to a neighbour, who eventually clothed her.
The Prosecution said the accused then transmitted the nude videos of his wife to his other phone before reporting the matter to the Police with all the items belonging to the visitor and the first phone used for the video.
He said when the plaintiff later returned home, she alleged that her bedside drawer had been forced opened and 2,000 dollars and 500 pounds had been taken by the accused.
He said the complainant reported the matter to the Police and Abrokwa was arrested, cautioned and granted bail later.
According to Prosecution, whilst the case was being investigated, Abrokwa sent the video from his phone to Afia’s father’s on September 1,2017.
He said the video, however, went viral on social media and the said acid containing bottle on examination by the Ghana Standard Authority (GSA) revealed the content of the bottle was water and not acid.