2 in court for allegedly stealing car

John Tse Avorgah and Abel Osabutey, a freight forwarder and a clearing agent respectively have appeared before the Accra Circuit Court, for allegedly stealing a VW Passat Saloon car and personal effects valued at GH¢173,349.00.

The accused pleaded not guilty and would appear again on November 21.

Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Simon Apiorsonu, told the court presided by Mrs Jane Harriet Naa Akweley Quaye that the accused were engaged by one Sakina  Kwakye in June 2018, to clear a container sent to her by her husband from the United States.

The court head that Avorgah demanded GH¢7,800 from the complainant to clear the goods, and the money plus documents were given to him(Avorgah)

The prosecutor said, accused, after receiving the money promised to clear the container in four weeks time but later called the complainant that the container had vanished.

Chief Insp. Apiorsonu said Mrs Kwakye told police that Avorgah, first accused, said that his alleged accomplice, Osabutey opened the container but left it when he saw Zoom Lion waste collectors approaching.

The court heard that Osabutey later returned to the container and found out that the items in the container were stolen, adding that he retrieved some items which he called the complainant to collect at his office.

Prosecution stated that the accused asked Mrs Kwakye to pay for shipping line and Ghana Ports and Habours Authority) bill for the saloon car and some items which she had already paid for.

Chief Insp. Apiorsonu said a report was made to the police and accused were arrested.

He said Avorgah admitted taking GH¢7,800 in his caution statement but said he handed over the money to Osabutey to clear the container.

Osabutey denied having cleared the container in his caution statement, explaining that the container had been confiscated.

The prosecutor said Osabutey told investigators the saloon car was kept at the state car park.

BY MALIK SULLEMANA

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