Court jails labourer for fraudulent breach of trust
6/16/2012 1:30:18 AM -
Kade (E/R), June 15, GNA - The Kade Magistrate's Court on Friday sentenced Isaac Takyi, a labourer of the Ghana Oil Palm Development Company (GOPDC), to 18 months in prison in hard labour for conspiracy and fraudulent breach of trust.
He pleaded guilty to three courts.
Takyi and two others were accused of dishonestly appropriating GH¢ 6, 500, the ownership of which was invested in them as trustees on behalf of one Kofi Kyei.
The two others, Michael Takyi, Field Supervisor of GOPDC and Emmanuel Darko, a labourer of the company who both pleaded not guilty on the four counts are on GH¢ 6,500 bail
with two sureties to reappear on June 22.
Police Chief Inspector Francis Cobbina, prosecuting, told the court presided over by Mr Abdul Majid Iliasu that at about 2030 on August 28, 2011 Takyi and Twum went to the complainant and told him that Twum's wife had inherited gold from her late grandmother and would like to sell it, but that a spiritualist had cautioned that until some rites were performed, the gold could not be sold.
They said that the gold had been cleansed and wanted GH¢ 6,500 to pay the spiritualist before it could be handed over to them.
The prosecutor said the three pleaded with the complainant to find them the amount to enable then to collect the gold, sell it and refund the money in three days time.
He said on August 29, the complainant gave the three persons the amount hoping to get it back as promised.
On October 10, Takyi, Twum, and Darko went to the complainant and told him that since the spiritualist had failed them they had found another spiritualist who was demanding GH¢ 1,000 and they needed the money urgently to complete the process as some buyers were ready to buy the gold the same day.
They assured the complainant that he would get all his money back.
The prosecutor said the three persons after collecting the money failed to refund the money and went into hiding and all efforts made by the complainant to locate them proved futile.
He could not even contact them by phone since they had switched them off.
A report was made to police and three persons were arrested and after investigations they were charged with the offences.