Foster Moore, 45 and a businessman, and Charles Kotei, 44, also the Assembly Member for Damfa, have been put before an Accra Circuit Court for an alleged electricity meter theft.
They were charged with intentionally interferers or knowingly interfering with the supplier’s distribution system, metre or any equipment, and having in their possession stolen property.
The accused persons have both pleaded not guilty to the charges, and have been admitted to bail in the sum of GH¢10,000.00 with one surety who should be a family member each.
Foster and Charles were put before the court, presided over by Samuel Bright Acquah, by the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) on Tuesday.
Paul Assibi Abariga, General Manager of Prosecution for ECG, told the court that the complainant was a former staff of the company.
According to him, the complainant owned a shop at East Legon where he does renovations. However, on March 1, 2023, the first accused (Moore) went to the shop and approached the complainant’s caretaker, by name Simon Long-yin, that he had some ECG meters for sale.
It was narrated to the court that the caretaker also informed the complainant, who took the first accuser’s cell phone number and contacted him to bring one of the meters.
The complainant then informed the ECG Legal and Prosecution Unit about the first accused’s activities.
The accused later brought the ECG meter with serial number 141186697 to the complainant to buy and he arranged for his arrest.
The ECG meter was retrieved from him and he was cautioned to that effect, and during investigations the first accused person led the police to Damfa and pointed out the second accused person as the one who sold the ECG meter to him at the price of GH¢400.00.
It was later revealed that, the first and second accused persons had been selling ECG meters around Damfa, Adenta and East Legon, and also assisted their buyers to install them.
As a result, the prosecutor said, on March 20, 2023, the first accused started sending the complainant threatening messages on WhatsApp that he would deal with him and that tampering and selling of ECG meters that made clients to pay less was his business, and that if he did not know he also sold pistols so the complainant should be careful with him.
Mr. Abariga said when the second accused person was asked where he got the ECG meter from, he mentioned one Atigah, but could not lead the police to the said person.
After investigations, the accused persons were charged with the offences and arraigned before court.