An Accra Circuit Court has granted bail to an unemployed man who tried to buy Yahaya Rocky an excavator at auction by taking GHS62,000.00 from him under false pretenses.
Mr. Emeli Kofi Tetteh, also known as “Dickson,” 54, who was charged with conspiracy to commit felony and deceiving under false pretenses, entered a not guilty plea.
The accused was granted bail in the amount of GHS 100,000 with three legally responsible sureties by the court, which was presided over by Mrs. Ellen Ofei-Ayeh.
The Court mandated that sureties place copies of their voter identification cards in the court register.
A deadline of the next adjourned date was set for the prosecution to file and serve all disclosures and witness statements.
The case has been postponed to the case management conference on August 30, 2022.
The complainant, Mr. Yahaya Rocky, is a small-scale miner, a farmer, and a resident of Dunkwa-Offin in the Central Region, according to prosecuting police chief inspector Isaac Anquandah, who testified before the court.
The accuser and his accomplice, Isaac Kumordzi (who is still at large), were both unemployed, according to the prosecution.
According to Chief Inspector Anquandah, the accused individuals deceived the complainant in 2016 into thinking they were auctioneers who might convince him to purchase an excavator at an auction.
According to the prosecution, Kumordzi further led the complainant to believe that he had received approval from the president for the excavators and other vehicles that were up for auction.
The accused individuals allegedly informed the complainant that the excavator would cost him GHS 120,000.00, according to Chief Inspector Anquandah.
According to the prosecution, the accused individuals asked and obtained GHS62,000.00 from the complainant as partial payment to relocate the aforementioned excavator from the port, after which he would take the remaining GHS58,000.00.
According to Chief Inspector Anquandah, the accused failed to fulfill their promise after receiving the money, and the complainant’s attempts to recover his money from the accused proved fruitless.
According to the prosecution, Mr. Tetteh was detained on July 18, 2017, in the Accra suburb of Abelemkpe, where he admitted to receiving only GHS15,000.00 from the complainant and handing it over to Kumordzi, who told him he had connections at the Presidency for auction excavators and vehicles.
According to Chief Inspector Anquandah, Tetteh was unable to help the Police apprehend Kumordzi because he claimed to be unaware of the man’s whereabouts.
According to the prosecution, Tetteh was given permission to participate in a police investigation on a regular reporting schedule, but after being granted bail, he went into hiding, and all attempts to have him come forward were unsuccessful.
He was apprehended near Tuba Junction on April 12, 2022, while advertising a house for sale thanks to intelligence.