“Madam Magistrate, please have mercy on me. I am a family man with a wife and children,” pleaded Christopher Neequaye, a mason at an Accra District Magistrate Court, in response to a question by the judge if he had something to say before judgement in a fraud case was delivered.
And indeed, the judge, Ms Janet Anima Maafo, who heard Neequaye's plea of clemency and having refunded the $1,000 he took from the complainant, discharged him to go home and sin no more.
The facts presented to the court by Inspector J.R Kwao Deho, were that Neequaye in 2004 collected the money from Naa Kuorkour Quaye, a student based in the US, to set up a block factory for her at Manhea-Ablekuma, Accra.
The prosecutor said Neequaye failed to honour his promise and rather went into hiding.
Inspector Deho said the case was reported to the Police and on September 27, 2008, Neequaye was arrested from his hide out at Kasoa by the Anyaa Police.
He said Neequaye told the police that he used the money to buy a block making machine which got burnt in a bush fire. He was however, unable to show to the police the remains of the burnt machine.
The prosecutor said Neequaye was on September 30, 2008 granted bail in the sum of GH¢3000. He managed to refund GH¢5,000 to the police on November 4, 2008 and the remainder a week later.
Story by Matilda Asantewaa Adjaye