But for an ongoing criminal trial hanging around the neck of Entertainment Journalist, Osarfo Anthony, he would have been in Australia – studying Law (LLB) at University of Western Australia UWA.
Osarfo Anthony and others – Chris Handler, Ekow Micah, and Sarah Kwabla, are facing trial for allegedly extorting money from captain of the Blackstars, Asamoah Gyan, over an alleged rape and sodomy case involving Gyan and one Sarah Kwabla.
Osarfo, who has a nurtured dream of becoming a lawyer, applied to study Law at the University of Western Australia last year and after going through a stressful process, had an offer.
“Becoming a lawyer has been my childhood dream and passion – friends, family and all close associate know this dream of mine. I actually had an offer to study Law at University of Canterbury in New Zealand in 2015 – waiting to leave Ghana for September admission; only for me to be arrested in July 2015 for allegedly extorting money from Asamoah Gyan” he said.
Osarfo continued: “Trial started on 18th September, 2015 so I thought latest by end of 2016, the case should be over – because there’s no need for me to even open a defence in this case. I applied to study Law at University of Western Australia and opted for 2017 admission.
“Once again, I’ve missed a rare privilege of studying Law abroad.” According to Osarfo Anthony, “Nature knows best so I’m still hopeful the dream will come to pass.” Ending, he said, “I will surely clear my name. The villains are happy today, I will jubilate tomorrow as the protagonist.”
Background Of Case
Mr. Samuel Annim Addo, Asamoah Gyan’s manager and complainant, told the court that Osarfo Anthony (Entertainment Journalist) was doing publications on the Gyan and Sarah Kwablah rape and sodomy allegations on online portal, GHBase.com.
A witness in the case, Nii Amarh Armateifio, then working with Radio XYZ, approached Editor of the site, Chris Handler, and pleaded with him to stop the publication and that Asamoah Gyan is prepared to pay any publishing cost involved.
After agreeing on the publishing cost, Osarfo insisted the whole proposal be put on paper and signed; something both parties agreed on. On the day (29th July, 2015) Asamoah Gyan’s manager met Osarfo and gave part of the agreed sum, the police arrested Osarfo.
Unknown to Osarfo, Samuel Annim had reported him to the police – that, he (Osarfo) is attempting to extort money from Asamoah Gyan; so Sammy came along with the police to arrest Osarfo.
According to Samuel Annim, Gyan’s lawyer, Kissi Agyabeng, directed him on the whole scheme of entrapment. To achieve what and for whose interest, Lawyer Kissi has failed to appear in court to explain till date.
Expected Prosecution Witnesses
Other prosecution witnesses expected to appear in court are: Nii Amarh Armateifio – a broadcaster, Randy – a close associate to the Gyans, Asamoah Gyan’s lawyer, Kissi Agyabeng, and of course Asamoah Gyan.
Next hearing is 1st November, 2017 – for continuation of cross-examination of Sarah Kwablah’s landlord who claims the latter asked him to tell the public that he heard Sarah screaming when Gyan was raping and sodomising her.