Counsel demands caution statement from prosecution

Justice Clemerce Honyenuga

Justice Clemerce Honyenuga

Counsel for Ismael Ali, who is standing trial for allegedly defrauding a businessman, has requested prosecution to furnish his client with caution statement and other documents it intends to rely on, to enable Ali to defend himself.

Counsel Ignatius Kutu Acheampong, told the court that he needed the documents so that he could continue his cross-examination of Daniel Abew, the first witness, and complainant, who was defrauded by accused.

Ali, 40, who claimed he works at the Jubilee House as a national security,  and allegedly  collected GH¢28,300 from Abew under the pretext of supplying him with a Toyota Corolla and a Sprinter Bus,  had already been granted GH¢28,000 bail with three sureties by the circuit court.

The sureties, should be residents of Accra and be gainfully employed.

Ali pleaded not guilty before the court presided by Mr. E. Essandoh, and would appear again on January 15, 2019.

The prosecutor, Chief Inspector Maxwell Oppong, told the court that Ali paraded as a staff of the Jubilee House in-charge of government confiscated vehicles and said there were two vehicles for auction at the Tema Harbour.

The court heard that the accused met Abew in Accra on June 20, 2018, and demanded GH¢28,000 for the two vehicles.

Chief Insp. Oppong said on June 24, accused contacted Abew on phone, and asked him to find money for the vehicles and complainant parted with GH¢28,000,300.

He said Ali promised to deliver the Toyota Corolla and Sprinter Bus within a week, but he went into hiding after collecting the money.

Chief Insp. Oppong stated that efforts to reach accused proved unsuccessful, and on October 28, an informant contacted accused and said he wanted an auctioned car to buy.

Following from the conversation with the informant, accused showed up and he was arrested.

Chief Insp. Oppong told the court that Ali admitted the offence in his caution statement, and said he gave the money to an unknown person at the Accra Shopping Mall, as payment for the vehicles, but the person absconded.

The court heard that accused refused to take the police to the house of the person whom he allegedly gave the money.

First witness gave evidence on December 10, 2018, and told the court that when he inquired about Ali at the Jubilee House, he was told that accused had not reported at work for some time.

BY MALIK SULLEMANA            

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