The first runner-up in the first edition of music reality show ‘Stars of the Future’, William Ramzy Amui popularly known as Ramzy has disclosed that he contemplated suicide whiles serving his jail term.
According to him, he couldn’t bear the suffering associated with jail terms and the shame he brought upon his family adding that his mother went through hell because of him.
He revealed that his mother was struck with stroke in court when he was slapped with 30- year jail term.
Speaking with Kafui Dey on GhOne Today’s ‘Hard Talk’, Ramzy explained that he planned to end his life by jumping off from the prisons building or hang himself with a rope adding that he witnessed most of his cell mates committing suicide.
He said he rescinded his decision because of his mother saying he didn’t want to leave the mother in tears for the rest of her life.
He said he told his mother of his intention to end his life and the mother wept bitterly saying the spirit of God advised him against his mission.
Ramzy further disclosed that he once became Job in the Bible where he developed sores all over his body due to the food they were being fed with.
Ramzy stated that his lawyer Retired Captain Effah Darteh never appeared in court on the judgement day and a different lawyer who was contracted to appeal for his case took his mother’s money also never showed up in court attributing it to spiritual attacks.
‘…It wasn’t easy, when my issues kept getting worse, at a point, I intended to end it all, yeah I wanted to commit suicide, especially because of my mother, she was going through too much, I couldn’t bear losing my mother because of me, I wanted her to be free. I decided to end it all so that she will be free. My family was just going through much, from this lawyer to that lawyer.
‘My mother paid the lawyer to appeal for me but he never showed up in court, not even once for three years, I never saw this man, he’s called lawyer Mohammed, up till now I don’t even know him, but God knew what he was doing… I was contemplating if I should hang myself or climb the storey building and finish it…When its too much you can just finish yourself and be free… Thank God I’m a free person now, I want viewers to know that there is a God who is mighty to save,’ Ramzy explained.
Ramzy who has released his new single titled ‘Asomdwee’ said he was sleeping in a congested room which has no ventilation with other 49 inmates.
He narrated that some of the prisoners’ legs were facing the faces of their mates during sleeping time.
‘…We were sleeping like sardine, it was hot in the room, its was very bad, one head on the other side faced with somebody’s legs. If you want to urinate in the middle of the night, you had to stand,’ he explained.
Ramzy stated that organisers of ‘Stars of the Future’ Charterhouse, his competitors and manager Okyeame Quophi didn’t visit him in prison.
He said he was accused wrongly of the crime.
Ramzy who was sentenced to a 20-year old jail term to the Nsawam Maximum Prison was released in 2017 after serving 10-years behind bars.
Ramzy’s dream of becoming a big star was cut short in 20017 after a Tema based businesswoman, Cynthia Koda, on January 23, 2007 reported an armed robbery attack to the Tema Regional Police.
She said her 4×4 Toyota Highlander with registration number GT 6409X and an amount of GH¢300 were taken from her at gun point at her community 11 shop the previous evening.
Ramzy and eight of his friends Francis Amuzu and Jerry Boampong were arrested after they apparently decided to sell the vehicle to a businessman at Abeka Lapaz, a suburb of Accra.
They pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy, armed robbery and dishonesty receiving under Article 29, Clause 146 of the criminal code.
The first runner-up of the first edition of ‘Stars of the Future’ couldn’t participate in M-net West Africa Idol in Nigeria in 2007 after being auditioned.