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10.07.2004 Tabloid News

Woman Suffers Double Agony

By Mirror

Akosua Sarfowah, the 27-year-old trader who recently made news when she collapsed in court after her husband was jailed five years for pressing a heated iron against her chest, is in the news once again.

This time around, she has been remanded in police custody by an Accra circuit court for dishonestly receiving goods valued at about ¢200 million.

Also remanded were Timothy Takyi, welder; Christopher Kwabena, a carpenter, and Yaa Korsah, an apprentice hairdresser. They were all charged with two counts of conspiracy to steal and stealing various items valued at ¢700 million belonging to a prophet.

The Daily Graphic in its issue of June 23, this year, reported a story from a GNA source that Sarfowah's husband upon finding out that she had been keeping large sums of money at home, became suspicious that she was flirting with another man and requested a loan of ¢500,000.

Sarfowah refused, claiming the money belonged to one of her customers and her husband, who was not satisfied with her reply, pressed the heated iron against her chest.

Apart from Takyi, who pleaded guilty to the charges, the rest of the accused persons pleaded not guilty and were scheduled to reappear on July 9.

Prosecuting, Chief Inspector E. T. Boison said Takyi and Kwabena were working for Prophet Philip Kwadwo Acquah of the Church of Bethesda at Anyaa while Yaa was his house help.

Sarfowah, however, is a trader at Okaishie in Accra. He said about four months ago, the prophet detected that goods in his warehouse were reducing in quantity and suspected the two workers and the house help, together with three others now at large.

The prosecutor said that Prophet Acquah confronted the suspects as they were the only people who had access to the warehouse to remove goods for distribution to other stores in Accra.

The missing goods included lace materials, cartons of handkerchiefs, television sets, balm oil, frying pans and Chinese robb.

The three accused persons when interrogated mentioned the other accomplices at large and indicated that Sarfowah was the receiver of most of the handkerchiefs, Chinese robb and other items.

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