Convicted ECG Staff fight for bail pending Appeal

Joyce Danso, GNA

Accra Aug. 18, GNA – Perfect Ama Agbo, an
Electrical Foreman, who was jailed three years last month for stealing
Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) Transformers worth GH₡ 1,660,000.00 has
appeared before an Accra High Court for bail pending appeal.

Perfect is also appealing against her three-
year jail term handed over to her and one Eric Yaw Darko a driver of ECG by an
Accra Circuit Court.

An accomplice Samuel Kofi Frimpong a
security man of ECG is however at large.

When the matter was called before the High
Court presided over by Mr Justice Francis Amo Yartey, the judge ordered
perfect’s Counsel to ensure that the two dockets are consolidated.

According to the court it has two dockets
with application for bail pending an appeal and the substantive appeal against

It further ordered the defence counsel Mr
Thomas Ward Brew to properly file the processes at the court and serve Mr Paul
Assibi Abariga, ECG Manager of Prosecution.

Mr Abariga told the court that he had not
been served with the court processes.

The court therefore ordered defence to
ensure that Mr Abariga is served and adjourned the matter to August 25.

Perfect and her accomplices were convicted
by an Accra Circuit Court on charges of Conspiracy to commit crime and stealing
83 Tusco Transformers belonging to ECG.

They were said to have stolen the 83 Tusco
transformers at the company’s warehouse in Tema between January 2013 and April
2014 and sold them to individuals within the country.

They were however nabbed following
intelligence gathering by the Police.

The facts of the case were that Eric Yaw
Darko, a driver, and Perfect Ama Agbo, an electrical foreman, are said to have
acted together with the security man of the ECG.

The three, who are with the ECG Material
Division in Tema, stole the transformers from the warehouse and sold them to

Perfect, the electrical foreman is said to
have defaced the transformers by removing the name plate and other
identification marks on them before selling them.

They were charged with two counts of
conspiracy to commit crime and stealing.

At the end of the trial, the Accra Circuit
Court, presided over by Ms Ellen Amoah, found them guilty after the prosecution
had been able to make a case against them.

They sentences are to run concurrently.

Prosecuting, Mr Abariga, said the Tusco
transformers were detected missing from the warehouse of the Tema Materials
Division during a stock-taking exercise.

During the exercise, he said, it was found
that the transformers had been stolen from the warehouse between January 2013
and April 1, 2014.

When the case was reported to the police, he
said, investigations revealed that some ECG workers were offering ECG
transformers for sale to private individuals.

The police, he said, mounted surveillance,
leading to the arrest of a man (name withheld) at the Trade Fair area, La in
Accra. The man later served as a witness in the case.

Mr Abariga said the witness was arrested
with a transformer without any inscriptions but it was suspected to be an ECG
transformer. When the witness was questioned about the transformer, he said it
was given to him by his sister, whom he identified as Perfect Ama Agbo, to be
sold to a buyer she had already spoken to by phone.

A document in respect of another transformer
which was also in the possession of the witness was also retrieved.

The court heard that the witness led the
police to a house at Tsado, near the Trade Fair site, where another Tusco
transformer was found without a serial number and name plates.

Subsequently, Mr Abariga said, Darko and
Perfect were arrested after investigations had established that they were
behind the missing transformers, but Frimpong, who was in charge of the
Hi-Fabric Warehouse from where the transformers were stolen, escaped arrest.

Further police intelligence gathered, he
said, revealed that four of the transformers were delivered to an individual at
Dansoman by Frimpong. Seven of the transformers, he said, had since been


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