Shatta, Stonebwoy plead not guilty; granted GHS50K bail

Ghanaian reggae and dancehall musicians Livingstone Etse Satekla, known in showbiz as Stonebwoy; and his archrival Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr., also known as Shatta Wale, have pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against them in connection with the violence that marred the recently-held Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs)...


Ghanaian reggae and dancehall musicians Livingstone Etse Satekla, known in showbiz as Stonebwoy; and his archrival Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr., also known as Shatta Wale, have pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against them in connection with the violence that marred the recently-held Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs).

Shatta Wale has been charged for offensive conduct conducive for breach of peace while Stonebwoy has been charged for offensive conduct conducive to breach of peace and display of firearm in public without permission.

Class91.3FM’s Ibrahim Obeng-Mensah, who was at the Agyabeng Court on Wednesday, 22 May 2019, said the two accused persons were present for the hearing in the company of their lawyers.

He said the two were in a sad mood and sat separately with their supporters looking sombre.

The presiding judge, however, admitted the two to a bail bond of GHS25,000 each with a surety, and adjourned the case to 20 June 2019.

Background

The 20th edition of the VGMAs nearly turned bloody when fans of Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale engaged in a brawl over an award.

The confusion happened when Stonebwoy was announced as the Reggae Dancehall Artiste of the Year.

Shatta Wale and his fans approached the podium to, ostensibly congratulate Stonebwoy, but events turned chaotic resulting in a lot of pushing and shoving – a situation that prompted Stonebwoy to pull out his pistol.

Some guests in the auditorium left the venue hastily but the situation was brought under control after an individual sprayed pepper on stage to disperse the crowd.

Both artistes have since apologised over the incident.


Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM



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