A circuit court has ordered for psychiatric evaluation for popular Ghanaian comedian Benson Nana Yaw Oduro Boateng, popularly known as Funny Face.
The move, according to judge Ebenezer Osei Darko, is to make sure the comedian is mentally fit to pave way for his trial as he does not appear normal but depressed.
The comedian is facing a charge of discharging firearms without authority as he is alleged to have fired four gun shots at a drinking spot last Wednesday at Millennium City in Kasoa during an altercation with a drinking bar attendant.
The comedian was subsequently arrested.
The circuit court took into cognizance a plea by lawyers of Funny Face who posited that their client is psychologically challenged in undergoing the trial thereby pleading for clemency and psychological help for him instead of punitive sentence.
The court agreed to their plea and the trial judge therefore ordered for the comedian to be subjected to psychiatric evaluation for two weeks at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital before being made to face trial thereby not unnecessarily trampling on any right of the accused with regard to fair trial.
The comedian’s plea was therefore not taken until the psychiatric examination is done.
Nana Baah Acheamfuor