Scrap dealer charged with unlawful entry
8/18/2012 5:30:39 AM -
Kade, Aug 17, GNA - Emmanuel Ntow, a scraps dealer, on Friday appeared before the Kade District Magistrate's Court charged with unlawful entry and stealing.
He pleaded guilty with explanation that he bought the items, five car batteries valued at GH¢ 1,270 and two starters valued at GH¢ 550.
The Magistrate, Mr Abdul Majid Illiasu, after listening to the explanation, changed the plea to not guilty and then remanded Ntow into prison custody to re-appear on August 16.
Police Chief Inspector Francis Cobbina told the court that the complainant, Edem Kojo, is an auto electrician, residing at Kade whilst Ntow is a scrap dealer residing at Achimota in Accra and operates a fitting shop.
In June, one Tanko Mohammed Rabiu, a witness in the case, took his truck to the complainant's shop for repairs.
The complainant, who had been experiencing numerous thefts of different car parts from his shop, alerted some driver friends who worked at night to inform him of any car parts they would load into their vehicles around his shop.
On July 13, at about 0200 hours, one Darkwa, a driver, loaded some vehicle parts which Ntow claimed to be his from a point near the shop to be transported to Accra.
Suspected that the items might have been stolen, the driver hinted the Police at Akwatia check-point where Ntow was arrested.
When the complainant was informed, he rushed to his fitting shop and detected that five car batteries, two starters and one alternator had been stolen.
The complainant made a report to the police and Ntow was arrested.