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25.11.2008 Crime & Punishment

Tailor, 38, Defrauds Fiancee

When a 38 year-old tailor proposed to marry his 37 year-old fiancé and then send her abroad, she thought it was an answered prayer. Marian Newton, therefore did not hesitate to meet her boyfriend's request for a GH¢1,000 loan to facilitate the wedding ceremony.

However, 10 months down the lane, Maxwell Kobina has reneged on his promise and failed to refund the money, forcing his fiancé and another friend to drag him to the law courts.

Kobina has been fined GH¢1,520 by the Accra District Magistrate Court for posing as a public officer and defrauding under false pretence. He will go to jail for 10 months if he defaults.

Presenting the facts at the court, Inspector J.R Kwao Deho, said Kobina in February, 2008, told Marian he would marry her and send her abroad. He collected GH¢1000 from her for the marriage preparations.

Inspector Deho said Miriam queried Kobina when she realised there was no sign of preparations on the part of Kobina. Kobina told her the money was not enough and asked her for additional GH¢400.This aroused Miriam's suspicion.

Meanwhile, the prosecutor said Kobina, posing as a B.N.I. official, had collected GH¢320 from Miriam's co-tenant, Alexander Owusu Amponsah, with the promise of enlisting him into the Ghana Police Service.

Inspector Deho said Kobina asked Alex to meet him at the Police Headquarters to go through the enlistment formalities.

He said Kobina took Alex to the third floor of the police headquarters and later told Alex that the enlistment officer did not come to work and warned him not to disclose the job offer to anyone.

The prosecutor said Alex also became suspicious and informed Miriam about the deal. They reported Kobina to the police and he was arrested.

Kobina managed to refund GH¢200 to the police and later gave out another GH¢200 to the court.

The magistrate, Ms Janet Anima Maafo, advised that the GH¢400 be shared between Alex and Miriam.

Story by Matilda Asantewaa Adjaye