Court Remands Teacher And Mechanic For Fraud

The Half-Assini Magistrate Court in the Western Region has placed a teacher and a motorcycle mechanic into Police custody for defrauding.


They are Elijah Nyamekeh and Samuel Adjei who were charged on two counts of conspiracy to commit crime to wit defrauding and defrauding.

The Law Court

Nyamekeh pleaded guilty on both counts while Adjei pleaded not guilty and the Court presided over by Mr Abdul Majid Illiasu, ordered them to make their next appearance on Monday February 22.

Prosecuting Police Sergeant Isaac Ebo Otoo said the complainant in the case, Madam Lydia Blay is a second hand cloth dealer at Nuba near Mpataba; Nyameke is a teacher of Morden Educational Complex (MEC), and lives at Ellenda; while Adjei is a motorcycle mechanic also living at Nuba.

He said in October 2015, Nyamekeh who by then lived with complaint in the same vicinity, offer to organize free mathematics extra clases for her daughter, an old pupil of MEC.

The Prosecutor said later in the month, Nyamekeh told the complaint that he was partaking in a distant education programme at the University of Cape Coast and needed GHC 600.00 for his books and tuition fee.

He said Nyamekeh came again to the complaint saying his father abroad wished to speak to her on his phone and when she received the call, she was made to give Nyamekeh the said money for refund later.

The Prosecutor said a week later, Nyamekeh went to the complainant again and the father made her give Nyamekeh GHC 500.00 under the pretext of going to clear some goods including used clothing at the Tema Harbour.

He said the next day Nyamekeh called the complainant on phone that he was at Tema Harbour but the goods were many and that the money was insufficient to clear them and collected an additional GHC 500.00 from her.

The Prosecutor said Nyamekeh later told the complainant on phone that he had cleared the goods but needed GHC 200.00 to convey them to Nuba and the complainant complied.

He said the next day accused again told complainant once again that he had arrived at Takoradi with the goods and needed GHC 200.00 to convey them home but the complainant asked him to arrange for a Half-Assini bound vehicle at Takoradi to cart the goods and will pay the driver on arrival at Nuba but never heard from the accused again.

The Prosecutor said Nyamekeh went into hiding until February 17, when complainant got information that he has been arrested at Mpataba Police Station in connection with another case.

The complainant lodged her complaint and Nyamekeh was re-arrested.

He said during interrogation, Nyamekeh disclosed that the idea was orchestrated by Adjei who played the role of the purported father calling from abroad.

The prosecutor said Nyamekeh admitted offence in his caution statement while Adjei denied the offence and after investigation were charged with the offence.

Earlier in the day, the Court remanded Nyamekeh into Police custody till Monday for fraudulently breach of trust.
He had allegedly defrauded his former landlady also at Nuba of GHC400.00 in October.

Source: GNA

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