Father and son on trial for fraud

A father and his son are standing trial at a Kumasi circuit court for allegedly defrauding a businessman of GH¢60,000 under the pretext of purchasing roofing materials for his warehouse.

Samuel Yaw Amponsah Snr., 63, and his son, Samuel Yaw Amponsah Asare, Jnr, 33, first and second Directors, respectively, of Skycoat Company Limited, are standing trial on two counts of committing crime, and defrauding by false pretence.

They pleaded not guilty, and the court, presided over by Mrs. Afia Adu Amankwa, granted both of them bail to GH¢60,000 with three sureties, but two of the sureties to be justified, on November 26, 2015 for the continuation of the hearing.

Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Comfort Baffour Kyei told the court that Alhassan, Director of Logs Court, a timber firm, located at Kaase in Kumasi, on April 8, 2015, approached Asare Jnr. who is the Director of Skycoat Company branch in Kumasi, to bargain the cost of roofing his warehouse, located at Kaase.

He said after the bargaining, both Alhassan and Asare concluded on GH¢80,000 as the overall cost for the roofing project and Jnr. Asare demanded from Alhassan an advance payment of GH¢60,000 which he (Asare Jnr.) was going to use for the purchase of the materials required for the project within the shortest possible time.

The prosecution said Alhassan presented a cheque for GH¢60,000 which was quickly cashed by Asare Jnr, but after cashing the cheque, he allegedly went into hiding and all efforts to trace him proved futile.

Four months later, the prosecution said, Alhassan reported the matter to the Asokwa Police.

According to the prosecution, the father and his son, on realising that a complaint had been lodged against them, surrendered themselves to the Police.

The court, adjourned the case to November 26, 2015 for hearing.

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