The Ghanaian lady arrested for smuggling cocaine into the United Kingdom (UK) is likely to change her guilty plea as she heads to court with a new lawyer today.
Nayele Ametefe whose other name is Ruby Appiah pleaded guilty on her first appearance on November 27, 2014 at the Crown Court at Isleworth in the UK. Due to her guilty plea, the judge adjourned the case to January 5, 2015, but it was again adjourned to Tuesday January 6, 2015.
Speaking in an interview with Citi Fm yesterday, a lawyer and former senior Crown Prosecutor in the UK, Godwin Adjei-Gyamfi disclosed that Nayele Ametefe is likely to plead not guilty because she has changed her lawyer.
He said “tomorrow, we will see a different lawyer for the accused simply because, the previous lawyer for reasons beyond reasoning has been relieved of her duty and so we will see a different counsel.”
Mr. Gyamfi further indicated that “from my experience in the courtroom, normally, when the accused person wishes to vacate her plea, it’s good to sacrifice your previous defense lawyer and put the blame on him or her. If there is a change in the plea, we will find blame being shifted onto the previous counsel.”
“A phone call was made to the general office of the court on the 2nd January,” He added. “The caller indicated to the court staff that the lady [Nayele Ametefe] in question wishes to vacate her plea that is to actually change her plea but that information has not yet been formally put into writing to the Crown Prosecution Service because the caller is not sure of the authenticity of that call.” He continued saying, “it was a hint and so they have left everything for tomorrow [today].”
“When you want to vacate, you put it into writing to the court and also to the other side if time permits just like in this situation; otherwise, the prosecutor in court will be taken by surprise,” he explained.
If the accused goes forward with a not-guilty plea, the trial would have to go the full haul. This also means the number of years she could be sentenced to, would be higher than if she stays with her earlier guilty plea.
She set to appear before a London court for an expected sentencing at 2pm.