Court reverses suspension of 22 UCC students; slaps ¢220K cost

Source: myjoyonline.com

A Cape Coast High Court has annulled a decision by university authorities to rusticate 22 University of Cape Coast (UCC) students following clashes at Oguaa hall in March 2017.

The students were suspended after they were found to have been involved in the bloody clashes between students of Oguaa and Atlantic Halls early this year.

At least three students were stabbed and properties worth hundreds of cedis were destroyed during the clashes.

A first-year student, Emmanuel Quarshie was reportedly left paralysed after he was stabbed multiple times in the back.

The rusticated students, largely made up of Junior Common Room (JCR) executives of the Atlantic Hall, have been home for nine months with some missing their graduation.

But the court has overturned the decision by the university authorities because they failed to produce a compelling evidence of the students’ involvement in the incident.

Joy News’ Kwadwo Nyarko reported the trial Judge Justice William Boampong based his ruling on the failure of university authorities to give the students a fair hearing.

“In his judgment, the trial Judge said, failure to provide the transcript of the university’s disciplinary committee meetings by the counsel for the defendant constituted a breach of natural justice,” the reporter said Friday.

The court has awarded a cost of ¢220,000 against the university.

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