Madam Akua Donkor, accused of fraudulently selling family land, was on Thursday granted a GH₵12,000 bail by the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) Court.
She allegedly sold a 33-acre of land, belonging to her family, for GH₵10,500.00 to one Faustina Yeboah, the complainant in the case, but refused to pay back the money when complainant realised that the land does not belong to her.
Madam Donkor, a farmer, pleaded not guilty to the charge and would reappear before the court presided by Miss Mary Nsenkyire on March 10, 2020.
Police Chief Insp Timothy Amoako, told the court that the complainant is a trader, living in Kumasi.
He said in 2009, complainant and her younger brother, Kwabena Appiah Nuamah, who lives in the United Kingdom, approached Madam Donkor at Ajuratia near Kumasi and negotiated with her for the purchase of the land for farming.
Madam Donkor apportioned the land to complainant and her brother, and GH₵10,500.00 was paid to her.
Prosecution said Madam Donkor prepared an indenture on the purchased land and handed it over to the complainant and her brother.
Mr Amoako said later some people, who claimed to be relatives of accused, started harassing the complainant and her father any time they went to work on the land.
He said some relatives ordered the complainant to vacate the land since it belong to their family and Madam Donkor did not have the right to sell it.
Prosecution said the complainant reported the case to Madam Donkor, but she told her to ignore her relatives.
Chief Insp Amoako said Akua Donkor reported the conduct of his relatives to the Kumasi Central Police Station and some of them were arrested.
The court heard that the police took the case to court, but the relatives were advised to resort to civil action, which they did, and a verdict was pronounced against accused.
Prosecution said Madam Donkor, after the court action, promised to refund the amount to the complainants, but refused to do so and resorted to playing hide and seek with complainant.
He said the complainant then lodged a complaint to the police and Madam Donkor was arrested.
Chief Insp Amoako said after police investigations, the accused was charged with the offence and brought before the court. –GNA