Three persons, who allegedly stole power and tampered with Electricity Corporation of Ghana (ECG) meters at Abavana Down, in Kotobabi, in Accra, have been granted GH¢20,000 bail each by the Circuit Court.
Ismail Fahad, 18, Mawuli Oscar 22, and Moses Teye, 18, all unemployed, have been charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit a crime, the threat of harm, intentionally interfering with suppliers’ distribution of power and stealing
Fahad has additionally been charged with assault for allegedly beating ECG official, Mr Emmanuel Acheampong, during routine checks.
The three accused have pleaded not guilty to the charges before the Court presided over by Mrs Samuel Bright Acquah and are expected to reappear on August 27.
Prosecuting, Mr Paul AsibiAbariga, counsel for ECG, narrated that the complainant in the matter was a staff of ECG and accused were friends living in a Chamber and Hall apartment at Abavana Down, in Accra.
The court heard that the complainant (Emmanuel Acheampong) led a team of ECG technicians on their normal rounds, and they visited a house where the accused lived.
Mr Abariga said during an inspection of electric meters, the team detected that the meter of the accused had been tampered with and as a result, the power being used by them did not pass through the meter.
He said in the presence of accused, power was disconnected, but theirair conditioner was still on.
Prosecution said while the ECG team was preparing a summon for accused to report at ECG office, the they attacked members of the team, saying, if the team did not reconnect power to accused, they would harm them.
According to prosecution, accused and others followed the team outside the premises, seized their working tools and threatened to harm them.
MrAbarigasaid some neighbours intervened and prevented accused from attacking the team,but Fahad rushed on MrAcheampong and beat him.
A report was made to the Police at Kotobabi, and the complainant was issued police medical form to attend hospital.
Mr Abariga said accused were arrested, and in their respective statements admitted the offences.
Prosecution said accused indicated that since they occupied the premises four months ago, they have not purchased power credit though they were using an air conditioner, fridge, and two bulbs. -GNA