Something interesting has emerged about the report the Ghanaian media, including radio stations, newspapers, and other mediums, fed the public on the 8-years-8-month sentence slapped on Ruby Appiah, alias Nayele Ametefe, alias Ruby Adu-Agyemfi, alias Ruby Addo, two weeks ago by the Isleworth Crown Court in London, on Tuesday afternoon.
For some strange reasons, reports churn out by Ghanaian journalists present in the courtroom, mentioned different names as Ruby Appiah’s lawyer. Three names have so far emerged as lawyers who defended her, and has since thrown Ghanaian politician into brawl, over which government backs narcotic trade or has been receiving financial support from cocaine dealers.
Names such as Andrey Amarie Brown, James Scobine and Dexter Henry, have appeared in the Ghanaian media as having represented Ruby Appiah. But it is unclear which of the lawyers, who in a plea for a lesser jail term for Ruby, made the very damaging remarks, indicting Ghanaian politicians as aiding the trade of narcotics in the country.
Some radio stations including, Joy FM, have kept out the name of the lawyer who represented Ruby, while Peace FM, mentioned Andrey Amarie Brown as the Attorney. The State owned Daily Graphic, in a report filed by one Nana Sifa Twum, claimed that she was rather defended by James Scobine , who replaced and Dexter Henry.
The said lawyer, while begging for a lesser sentence, told the court that Ruby came from an underprivileged home, and married a spare parts dealer at Ghana’s famous spare-parts market, Abossey Okai.
Interestingly, The Herald’s, earlier investigations rather revealed that she was resident in Kumasi and was married to one Addae, a well-known Kumasi-based Spare parts dealer, with whom she has three children, with the first being 16 years old. Her marriage broke down and has been a single mother since.
The Herald, has, however, come across one James Scobie, a highly experienced Leading Counsel with wealth of experience in criminal cases of gravity, across a broad spectrum of criminal work.
James Scobie, not James Scobine, as reported by the Daily Graphic, is instructed regularly as Leading Counsel in cases of murder, armed robbery, multi-handed conspiracies, involving the importation and supplying of Class A drugs (cocaine and Heroin) and fraud.
James, has extensive experience in defending cases, including rape, serious sexual offences against children and the mentally vulnerable. This includes a large scale paedophile inquiry, concerning children’s homes in the 1980’s and sex offenders using the internet.
He has substantial experience in the Court of Appeal, whether with leave or on a pro bono basis. He has appeared at inquests and before Court Martials in Germany and Northern Ireland.
James is highly ranked for criminal cases in the UK.
The Herald is taking steps to write to the Isleworth Crown Court in London, demanding certified records of the court proceedings to ascertain who indeed said what, especially the claim that some Ghanaian politicians, were behind her illegal drug business.
The Ghanaian/Austrian, who pleaded guilty to carrying 12 kilos of cocaine to the UK, was sentenced to eights years, eight months’ imprisonment.
Nayele Ametefe, was sentenced on her own plea by the Isleworth Crown Court in London, last Tuesday afternoon. The sentence was discounted because of her early guilty plea.
Luv FM’s Kwabena Ampratwum, who was in court, said Nayele appeared in court well dressed and looked indifferent when the sentence was handed down.
An aggressive family member of the convicted drug courier, Ampratwum said, attacked some members of the press outside the court after the sentence was pronounced.
On what transpired in the court, the Luv FM journalist reported prosecutors as saying that the cocaine carried by Nayele had a purity of 78 percent, and a street value of 1.872 million Pounds. He mentioned the sex of Ruby’s lawyer as male, but kept out his name and other details.
The prosecutors told the court Nayele had $23,000, and an additional 6,000 Pounds in her handbag when she was arrested.
The money was payment for her courier services.
According to the prosecutors, Nayele Ametefe, whose brazen act shocked even the most notorious daredevil, was carting the cocaine to South America.
Her travel itinerary, the court was told indicated that she was leaving the UK, two days after her arrival, for the Dominican Republic.
The 12 kilograms of cocaine was, therefore, not meant to be consumed in the UK.
According to the lawyer, Nayele came into contact with powerful people in 2004 and her life changed dramatically. She travelled extensively with influential people as their companion. The lawyer said Nayele, has remained connected to powerful people in Authority, who are currently in power in Ghana.
She was forced by circumstances to engage in transporting drugs to support her newly attained high-class lifestyle and to take care of her three children, the lawyer said.
However, Nayele, would not disclose the identities of her handlers, claiming concerns over the safety of her children, should she do so.
After listening to both prosecution and defence counsel, the court convicted the 32-year-old to eight years and eight months’ imprisonment. She has to serve at least half of the term before she can be eligible for parole.
More to come!