Driver in court for stealing a taxi cab
By Helena Selby
A driver is standing trial at an Accra circuit court for allegedly stealing a vehicle belonging to a policeman.
The accused person, Kofi Righteous, a spare driver, allegedly convinced his accomplice, Kwadwo Addea, the second accused person, who is the substantive driver, to give him the vehicle to use for a while.
The complainant, a policeman stationed at the Kwabenya police station, spotted the vehicle at Dodowa after several weeks of not knowing its whereabouts.
Both accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges of stealing and abetment of crime contrary to section 124 (1) and 20 (1) of act 29/60 respectively, before the court presided over by Mrs. Patience Mills-Tetteh.
The first accused person has been remanded into custody, while the second accused has been admitted to bail in the sum of GH¢10,000 with one surety. Both are expected to re-appear before the court on May 8, 2012.
The underlining facts are that during February 2012, the complainant gave a Nissan Primera taxi cab, with registration number GW 1169-2, to the second accused person to drive on a work and pay basis.
The prosecutor, Chief Inspector Charles Chester, told the court that the second accused person was supposed to pay weekly sales of GH¢200 into the complainant’s account, but the complainant realised he was not making regular payment.
He said on March 31, 2012, the complainant, therefore, paid a visit to the second accused person’s house to inquire his reason for not depositing the sales, but met his absence.
“On April 3, 2012, the complainant again, went to the accused person’s house, and upon meeting him, demanded to see the car, but the second accused person claimed that he had given it to the first accused person, who is a spare driver,” the prosecutor noted.
He mentioned that the second accused person disclosed to the complainant that he gave the car to the first accused person on March 30, 2012, but has since not heard from him, or even seen the car.
Chief Inspector Chester noted that the policeman, therefore, arrested the second accused person and made a complainant against him. On April 23, 2012, the first accused person was spotted at Dodowa, a suburb of Accra, using the car, and was arrested.
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