Estate developer granted GH¢50,000bail for defrauding pastor

An Accra Circuit Court has granted a GH¢50,000.00 bail with two sureties, one to be justified, to an estate developer, for allegedly defrauding a pastor, under the pretext of securing him plots of land.

 The court presided over by Mr Samuel Bright Acquah ordered that one of the sureties be a public or civil servant earning not less than GH¢1,000.00 and the other should be someone of “substance”, living within the jurisdiction of the court.

 Essilfie Mensah, who denied the offence, was alleged to have asked Simon Annak to give him his Concord Saloon car valued GH¢25,000.00 in exchange for five plots of land.

He is to make his next appearance in the court on February 9, 2022.

Police Chief Inspector Isaac Anquandah told the court that Annak, the complainant, was a pastor and resident of Tamale, whilst Mensah, accused, was an estate developer.

The prosecution said in 2005, the complainant’s friend, Philip Aikins, domiciled abroad, imported a Concord Saloon car for the complainant to sell and use the money to purchase land for him.

Police Chief Inspe Anquandahsaid the complainant after receiving the car informed the accused of his intentions to sell the car.

The prosecution said accused allegedly expressed interest, in the deal

Chief Inspe Anquandahsaid Mensah told the complainant that he had land located at Amrahia and was interested in exchanging it with the car.

The complainant informed Aikins about it and was asked to go ahead with the transaction, the court heard.

Chief Inspe Anquandahsaid the complainant told accused that he was offering the car for GH¢25,000.00, adding that accused gave five  plots of land to the complainant in exchange for the car and gave him documents to the land.

Prosecution said when the complainant started developing the land, other claimants stopped him.

Chief Insp Anquandahsaid after accused was informed about the development, he attempted to relocate the complainant but was unsuccessful.

He said the complainant reported the case to the police leading to the arrest of the accused.

Chief Inspe Anquandahsaid the accused during investigation refunded GH¢20,000.00 to the police and after investigation was charged and put before the court. – GNA

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