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24.08.2004 Crime & Punishment

Businessman arrested for stealing wooden poles.

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Tema, Aug. 24, GNA -The Tema Circuit Court 'B', has granted 80 million cedis bail with one surety to be justified, to a businessman who allegedly stole 25 treated poles.

Francis Doe who pleaded not guilty to the charge, would re-appear on September 1, 2004.

Police Chief Inspector Edith Nutakor, told the Court presided over by Mr Stephen Teye, that in August last year, the complainant at Tema Community Seven, paid 27 million cedis to the accused person for the supply of 30 treated electricity poles for a project.

He said Francis was able to supply the poles in the scheduled two weeks period.

The prosecution said the complainant, however, found the poles to be of poor quality, and therefore selected five poles and demanded replacement of the rest.

Chief Inspector Nutakor, said the accused person parked the rejected poles away and failed to replace them.

On June 9, this year, the complainant spotted Francis and caused his arrest.

The prosecution said the accused person jumped a police enquiry bail and was re-arrested on July 16.

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