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07.10.2008 Crime & Punishment

Fraudster remanded in custody

By gna

Edward Baidoo, 22-year old unemployed has been remanded in prison custody for defrauding a trading of an amount of GH¢450

He pleaded not guilty and would re-appear before the court on October 13.

Prosecuting Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Albert Deletsa told the court presided over by Mr Kwame Polley, that the complainant Florence Bissue, a trader resides at Sekondi while the accused lives at Abura near Agona Nkwanta.

He said on August 11, this year, at about 17:30 hours, the complainant was cleaning her drinking spot when Baidoo approached and asked to be directed to any bar in the area where he could buy some local gin, “aketeshie”.

The prosecutor said after Baidoo had been directed, he came back a few minutes later and started preaching to the complainant and allegedly told her that some evil forces had been the reason for her poor business and asked her to offer some money for blessing.

ASP Deletsa said the complainant gave the suspect GH¢100, after which he (suspect) requested that some rituals be performed in her room.

The prosecutor said while performing the rituals, Baidoo asked the complainant to offer more money, which she did by adding GH¢350 to the GH¢100 already given.

He said after collecting the money, the suspect asked the complainant to wait for him in the hall while he continued with the rituals and later emerged from the bedroom with the excuse that he was going to buy some spray to finalise the rituals.

ASP Deletsa said the complainant waited in vain for Baidoo, who did not return and when she went to inspect her room, two nokia mobile phones valued at GH¢220 had been stolen.

She reported the incident to the Police and the suspect was later arrested at Abura.