Crime & Punishment of Friday, 15 August 2014
An Accra Circuit Court on Thursday granted bail in the sum of GH? 50,000.00 with two sureties, to Paul Hagan, a car dealer for stealing.
Paul, who pleaded not guilty to the charge, is also expected to deposit one third of the amount and report to the police once a week.
He was said to have stolen GH¢32,000.00 being the property of one Richard Owusu Snr. and is to reappear before the court presided over by Mr Seyram Azumah on August 28.
Prosecuting, Police Inspector Isaac Agbemehia told the court that the complainant Kwesi Nkansah Dwira is an Engineer while the accused person is a car dealer.
He said in December 2013, Richard Owusu Snr who is the complainant’s uncle, shipped Honda Odyssey car worth GH? 48,000.00 and Mazda car worth GH? 16,000.00 into the country.
He told the court that after the cars were cleared from the port, he mandated the accused person who is one of the employees of his company by name Casamia Enterprise to dispose the vehicles off and deposit the proceeds into his ECOBANK account.
The prosecution said on June 20, the accused person sold the Mazda car at the cost of GH?12, 000.00 and deposited GH?10,000.00 into the car owner’s account and kept the remaining GH? 2,000.00 to himself.
He said on July 7, the accused person sold the Honda Odyssey car at the cost of GH? 40,000.00 to a witness in the case, Samuel Segbefia, who paid GH? 30,000.00 to the accused person and issued ADB cheque to cover the remaining balance of GH? 10,000.00 to be withdrawn on August 7.
Police Inspector Agbemahia said the accused person after collecting the GH? 30,000.00 went into hiding and all efforts made to reach him on phone by both the complainant and Richard the owner of the two cars proved futile.
He told the court that on August 8, Paul sent a witness in the case Kweku Agyei with the ADB cheque to withdraw the GH? 10,000.00 at ADB Kaneshie branch. A report was made to the police and the said Kweku was arrested.
He said Kweku then led the police to Kata hotel at Lapaz and identified Paul to the police as the one who sent him with the cheque.
He said Paul was arrested and in his caution statement he admitted the offence, saying he used the GH? 32,000.00 to acquire visa to enable him travel to the US.