Trader in court for defrauding married couple of GH¢105,000

A trader accused of duping a married couple of GH¢105,000 under the guise of securing them land, has appeared before an Accra Circuit Court.

 

David Botchway, alias “Sowah’, allegedly connived with David Nii Lamptey, now on the run, and swindle Mr. William Opare and the

 

The accused denied the offence, and the court, presided by Mrs. Jane Harriet Akweley Quaye, granted him GH¢100,000.00 bail with four sureties.

 

The accused was ordered to make his next appearance on Friday, July 6,.

Police Chief Inspector Emmanuel Haligah told the court that the accused promised to secure land at Haatso for the married couple.

 

The court heard that Lamptey told the victims that and wanted to consult his relatives over family land.

 

Police Chief Insp Haligah said Lamptey produced an indenture on the supposed land, and led the victims to a plot of land at Westland, Accra, and they agreed to purchase the land at GH¢105,000, which was transferred into Lamptey’s Ecobank account at ECOBANK.

 

The prosecution said the married couple started working on the land, but they were stopped by another person who claimed ownership.

 

Chief Insp Haligah said when the married couple confronted Lamptey,  told them that the land belonged to Botchway.

 

The court heard that Lamptey and Botchway took the married couple to another land at a place, popularly known as “Akonfem Spot,” where a pastor claimed ownership.

 

Chief Insp Haligah said the fraudsters failed to return the money to the married couple,   they went into hiding, but Botchway was arrested on June 8.

 

The prosecution said the accused in his caution statement admitted sharing the money Lamptey, and had refunded GH¢10,000 to the victims.- GNA

 

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