Kumasi Court Begins Trial Of Four …In C15 Billion Iron Rods Stealing Case
From Sebastian R. Freiku, Kumasi
A KUMASI Circuit court on Monday began trial of four persons on three counts of conspiracy to commit the crime of stealing and dishonestly receiving from a dubious transaction.
The trial follows a complaint by Mr. Kwadwo Aborah, Managing Director of Kwadwo Aborah Company Limited in Kumasi to the police.
The four accused persons are Clement Kwakye, 27, (first accused), Mrs. Ernestina Aborah, 37, (second accused), and Nana Aso Owusu Ansah, 35, (third accused) and Christian Anokye, the fourth accused and manager of Kwadwo Aborah Company Limited, who have all pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The first and second accused persons are charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit crime in line with section 23 subsection (1) and 124 sub section (1) of Act 2960 as well as stealing in accordance with Section 124 subsection (1) of the criminal Offence Act 1960/29. The prosecution led by Mr. Emmanuel Otoo Boisson, a State Attorney of the Law office stated that the first and second accused persons allegedly stole and sold building materials (cement and iron rods) with an estimated value of GHc1,518,290.80 and sold to the third accused in February last year.
The third accused, a Kumasi business woman, is said to have dishonestly received supply of
Iron rods and bags of cements said to have been stolen by the first and second accused persons from Kwadwo Aborah Company Limited, dealers in building materials.
Yesterday Mr. Kenneth Aninkorah, first prosecution witness told the court, presided over by Mr. Justice Emmanuel Amo-Yartey, how the first and second accused persons rented a flat from his Plot 65 residence at Daban Apraman in Kumasi where the accused kept quantity of iron roads.
The prosecution witness said the pile of iron rods in the House attracted thieves to the house that the police had to come in at a point in time.
In a cross examination by defense counsel Atta Adjei, witness Aninkorah admitted that he did not state in his statement to the Police that the first accused had requested him to claim ownership of the iron roads found in his house.
The court has adjourned the case to February 4, 2013 for further cross examination of the prosecution witness.
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