A 69-year-old ex-soldier who allegedly opened fired on a mason at Owhimasen, near Kwadaso in Kumasi, on Thursday appeared before the Ash Town Magistrate’s Court charged with attempted murder.

Akwasi Anane who pleaded not guilty and was granted a 50 million-cedi bail would reappear on November 16.

The Police said at about 0830 on September 23, last year, Mr Ernest Ampaw, the victim, was returning from a nature’s call when he met Anane who was on his way to his farm.

Anane, who was carrying a single barrel gun, on seeing Mr Ampaw remarked, “Is that you?”

He then dipped his hands into his pocket, brought out a live cartridge, loaded it and fired at Mr Ampaw but luckily he escaped unhurt.

Mr Ampaw went to the Owhimase Police Station and lodged a complaint and Anane was arrested.

During Police interrogation Anane denied the offense saying that the gun went off after falling from his shoulder.

Source: GNA