Painter remanded for allegedly stealing ECG meter
A 48-year-old painter, who allegedly stole Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) meter, has been remanded by the Accra Circuit Court.
Francis Ametame is also said to have intenationally and knowingly interfered with the supplier’s distribution system, meter or any equipment of ECG, by removing electricity installed meter without authority.
The painter, who was charged with intentionally interfering with ECG distribution system, meter or any equipment and stealing, pleaded not guilty.
The court presided over by Mr Samuel Bright Acquah adjourned the case to June 8, 2023.
Mr Paul Assibi Abariga, the prosecutor, said that the complainant, Mr Samuel Obonsey, is a caretaker of a house at Malejor while the accused also resided at Malejor.
The prosecution said the complainant together with his neighbours arrested the accused in the house, and took him to the Malejor Police Station together with ECG meter and a black bag containing electrical tools he had allegedly stolen.
Mr Abariga said accused admitted the offence in his caution statement and told the police that he went to the complainant’s house with one Julius to remove the ECG meter, but Julius upon seeing the complainant escaped.
The prosecution said the accused could not lead the police to the said Julius.
The court heard that information received from Oyibi Police Station, indicated that, in December 2022, accused gave five ECG meters to Bright Amenyo, electrician, to sell for him.
The prosecution said when Amenyo realised that the meters were ECG meters that had been stolen, he took the meters to the police station and reported the accused.
The prosecution said accused went into hiding, but he was arrested and Amenyo identified him as the one who gave him the meters to sell for him. —GNA