Lawyer Francis Xavier-Sosu has shared an inspiration of a young man he met at the Circuit court in 2016.The Lawyer sent a helping hand to this your man to whom he felt was “innocent but afraid”. The 19 years old who was in Level as at that time was wrongfully accused of robbery, indecent assault, and defrauding by false pretenses. The young man by the name Lawrence Selorm Attipoe had to defer his studies.
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In 2016, I met Lawrence Selorm Attipoe who was then a 19year old Level 200 student at UPSA. We met at Circuit Court 1, where he had been accused of robbery, indecent assault, and defrauding by false pretenses.
He looked very innocent but so afraid. He had no lawyer and asked me “what should I say when I am called?” I answered “Not guilty of course, unless you agree to all the charges leveled against you.”
His dad, now deceased, asked me out and begged if I could represent his son. I was moved by compassion when he told me all that happened and I agreed to do so “pro bono”.
I introduced myself as a friend of the Court and forcefully argued for his bail but never saw him again since I was not actively engaged as substantive lawyer for him.
Last week, Selorm sent me a mail which read “I am one of the beneficiaries of your pro bono services and want to thank you. I was in Court for about six (6) months and later got acquitted and discharged of all the charges, because they were false.
I endured the humiliation, deferred my course, and later went back to school to graduate with Honors. I did my National Service with GRA and after Service, I am currently with my mother doing food business.”
His story brought tears to my eyes and reinforces the fact that little acts of kindness can change many lives. This is a story that must be shared to encourage every young person that setbacks are natural but temporal: Everyone can rise above his or her challenges to become an achiever.
Today, as a 24year old graduate, Selorm is desirous of changing the narrative of his life and the life of others with his story, a story of which I am pleased to have been a part of.
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