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09.02.2009 Crime & Punishment

Court remands four persons for attempted stowaway

By gna

Four unemployed persons on Friday appeared before a Sekondi District Magistrate’s Court for allegedly attempting to stowaway.

The accused persons, Bernard Acquah, James Owusu, Frank Dadzie and Francis Hayford, pleaded guilty and were remanded to re-appear on February 12, this year.

Prosecuting, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Albert Deletsa said at about 10.00 a.m. on January 30, 2009, the accused persons who were desperately looking for an opportunity to Europe to seek greener pasture, heard that MV “Bace Liner”, a foreign vessel had berthed at the Takoradi Port.

He said the accused persons mobilized some food items and water that they would need to stowaway on the ship and sailed on a canoe from Sekondi to the main wharf of the Takoradi Port.

ASP Deletsa said at about 11.00 p.m. on that day, they sneaked into the ship which was loaded with cocoa beans, but they were seen by a sailor on board.

He said they were arrested by security personnel of the Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority (GPHA) and handed over to the Harbour Police.