Crime & Punishment of Wednesday, 19 September 2012
A 49-year-old trader, Mary Ackah Bedu, is in trouble with the law for allegedly defrauding her sister’s husband to the tune of 18,000 Ghana cedis.
Mary, a resident of Tarkwa, pleaded not guilty to a charge of defrauding by false pretenses and will reappear on September 24.
Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Oscar Amponsah told the court that the complainant, Enu Armah, is a farmer and is married to the accused person’s sister. He said in 2005, the complainant and his wife returned from Italy and approached the accused at Tarkwa to assist them to buy a house.
The couple later gave Mary 10,000 to enable her to buy the house but she failed to do so.
Chief Inspector Amponsah said three years later, the complainant called the accused on phone and directed her to inspect a piece of land at Kasoa in the Central Region and buy it for him.
The accused did as directed and said she bought the land for 6,000 Ghana cedis but failed to refund the balance of 18,000 cedis.
The Prosecutor said in 2011, the complainant returned from Italy and called the accused before some of her relatives and a brother of the accused promised to refund the balance on behalf of Mary but he failed to do so.
He said on August 8, the complainant reported the incident to the police and Mary was arrested. The accused on Wednesday made a part payment of 3,000 Ghana cedis to the complainant before the court.