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Businessman charged for possessing narcotic drugs

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Kweku Appiah, 28 and a businessman, has been accused of unlawful possession or control of narcotic drugs, as well as causing unlawful damage, which are against the laws of the country.

Kweku is standing trial with one Kwame Appiah, aged 20 and a student, on the count of causing unlawful damage.                                                                                                                                                                          The Accra Circuit Court ‘9’, presided over by His Honour Samuel Bright Acquah, on Tuesday this week, remanded the two into lawful police custody after both pleaded not guilty to the counts.

The court yesterday rescinded Kwame Appiah’s remand decision and admitted him to bail in the sum of GH¢50,000 with one surety, who is permanently residing within the jurisdiction of the court, and also has a permanent place of abode or doing business within the jurisdiction of the court.

The court has adjourned the case to April 26, 2022.

Fact of the case     

The prosecuting officer, Chief Inspector Isaac Anquandah, told the court that the complainant is one Vida Bonsu, a Pastor.

He said, on March 4, 2022, the complainant bought one plot of land, which had a four-bedroom apartment and a garage structure on it from Akortaa Appiah, mother of the two accused persons in the case.

C/Inspt Anquandah indicated that on March 13, 2022, at about 10:00am, the accused went on to the complainant’s land with a bulldozer and demolished the structures on it, valued at GH¢150,000.00.

The Prosecutor added that on March 14, 2022, the complainant reported the issue to the police for investigation, and when the law enforcement officers visited the scene and took photographs of the demolition that had allegedly been caused, the accused were arrested the same day.

The prosecuting officer said the accused persons admitted the offence in their caution statement, adding that when the police were searching the duo before they were put behind bars, found a dry substance suspected to be Indian hemp or narcotic drugs on Kwaku.

He said, on caution Kwaku Appiah admitted the offence and stated that he bought the said narcotic drugs from one Isaiah to smoke as a sleeping medication.

“Investigation disclosed that the accused persons in this matter received GH¢78,000.00 from their mother, Akortaa Appiah, after the sale of the property to the complainant in this matter, but they were not satisfied with the said amount given to them,” he stated.

He said, after receiving the GH¢78,000.00 from their mother, they went ahead and resold the same plot of land to one Isaac Abey, who is a military officer, without the knowledge of their mother.

The Prosecutor added that the narcotic drugs had been forwarded to the Forensic Laboratory for examination.

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