German widow’s case adjourned to January 18

An Accra circuit court has adjourned to January 18, the case in which a German widow, Ms. Waltraud Wiesent has been allegedly defrauded of her 248,577.97 Euros  by two Nigerians under the pretext of supplying her with gold bars.

This is because Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Godwin Lavoe, who is to tender the result of a forensic examination he conducted on some documents, is on assignment at the Flagstaff House.

The accused, Mark Latif Adijum Ajisafe  and Benjamin Taoefeek Oluwashola, have denied charges of conspiracy to commit crime and defrauding by false pretences.

Few months ago, a representative of the victim, name withheld expressed concern at the feet dragging attitude of the accused.

He told the court presided by Mrs. Afia Abgenu Kumador that Messrs Bannerman William and Emmanuel Acolatse lawyers for the accused had “hijacked” the court.

While expressing his frustration at the attitude of the defendants, following another adjournment, the complainant commended the judge for her magnanimity and the professional manner in with which she was handling the case.

The complainant who was given the power of attorney by the German widow noted, that so much progress had been made since prosecution started in 2013.

The facts, according to Augustine Yirenkyi, Assistant of Superintendent of Police are that, the first accused, Adijum, encountered Ms. Wiesent on facebook and introduced himself to her as Chris Walters of Nottingham, United Kingdom (UK) who does his business in Ghana.

The court heard that the accused lied to the complainant that they had a contract with the government of Ghana worth $2.5 million to supply auto parts to some selected regions.

ASP Yirenkyi said they later promised to send her bars of gold and asked her to send them money into different accounts at Guarantee Trust Bank and Ecobank, and she obliged.

The prosecutor told the court that the woman came to Ghana on three occasions, and the two were arrested during her third visit to the country for defrauding her.

By Malik Sullemana  

 

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