Daniel McKorley, the Chief Executive Officer of the McDan Group of Companies, was convicted and sentenced for contempt by the Accra High Court.
The court’s General Jurisdiction found the millionaire guilty after he deliberately disobeyed its orders regarding a disputed parcel of land in East Legon.
According to starrfm.com.gh, a Justice of the Court of Appeal sitting as an additional High Court Judge, Kweku Tawiah Ackaah-Boafo, imposed a fine of GHc40,000 McDan as punishment for his offence.
According to the news website, the court ordered that GHc15,000 be deducted from the fine and given to the applicant in the case, Al-Hassan Iddisah.
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Following the respondent’s forcible takeover of the disputed land on May 20, last year, the applicant filed a contempt application to vindicate the law and its sanctions.
He accused the Respondent, Daniel McKorley, of violating the law by willfully disobeying a High Court order and thus bringing the administration of justice into disrepute.
According to the Applicant, the background of the case is that his late wife and mother owned two contiguous plots of land in East Legon, Accra, which they had since 2002 until the Respondent forcibly took over.
According to the Applicant, despite the Respondent’s knowledge of his family’s interests, he invoked the jurisdiction of the District Court, Madina, by filing an ex-parte motion to have possession of the lands.
According to the applicant, the application was granted, and he (Respondent) took possession of the land with the assistance of the police.
The Applicant said he applied for certiorari to quash the order of the Madina District Court on grounds of “want of jurisdiction, and/or excess of jurisdiction, violation of the rules of natural justice and nullity” and the same was granted by the High Court on June 9, 2020.
According to the Applicant, the “record of proceedings Exhibits ‘A’ shows that the Respondent was represented by his lawyer who was in Court on June 9, 2020.”
Despite the court order, McDan continues to own and develop the property in question.