Crime

Carpenter jailed 10 years for defrauding trader of GH¢11,000

A 30-year-old carpenter, who defrauded a trader of GH¢11,000.00 under the pretext of selling her land, has been sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment by the Nkawie Circuit Court.

 Kwame Agyei was convicted for selling land, which did not belong to him at Nsonyameye, near Abuakwa in the Atwima-Nwabiagya municipality, to the trader, and later went into hiding.

He pleaded guilty to the offence and was convicted on his own plea by the court presided by Mr Michael Johnson Abbey.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sylvanus Dalmeida, told the court that the complainant is a trader at Nsonyameye, while the convict was a resident of Kokoso, near Kumasi.

He said in September last year, the two met at Race Course in Kumasi, and the convict informed the complainant that he had a building plot for sale.

The complainant showed interest and paid GH¢11,000.00 to the convict, who gave her photocopies of documents covering the land, and promised to bring the original documents later.

ASP Dalmeida said it was when the complainant went to see the land that she realised that she had been swindled.

He said numerous attempts by the complainant to get the convict to settle the matter proved futile, and he went into hiding.

ASP Dalmeida said the case was reported to the Tanoso police.

 He said on October 1, last year, the convict was arrested by the police in Kumasi in connection with a similar offence, and when the complainant heard about it, she informed the Tanoso police who went and arrested him. – GNA

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