Tarkwa, April 18, GNA – A herbalist, Abdul Malik Seidu, 35, has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment by the Tarkwa Circuit Court, for defrauding a couple at Awudua in the Prestea Huni/Valley District of 4,000 Ghana cedis.
He was convicted on his own plea.
Prosecuting, Police Detective Chief Inspector Oscar Amponsah, told the court, presided over by Mr Samuel Obeng Diawuo, that the complainants, Nana Esi Kwartenmaa and Enock Ato Quaico are couples who lived at Awudua and the defendant is a native of Garo in the Upper East Region.
According to Detective Amponsah, the couples had been married for years but had a problem with child birth.
He said in March this year, Seidu approached the couple at Awudua and informed them that he could help them bear children.
Detective Amponsah said Seidu then demanded 4,000 cedis from the complainants to enable him to buy some items to prepare a concoction for them and perform the other necessary rituals.
He said after Enock Quaico gave the amount to the convict, he disappeared and all efforts to locate him proved futile.
On April 14, the complainants had information that Seidu had been arrested at Diaso in the Central Region for defrauding a chief.
Detective Amponsah said when they followed up to the Diaso Police Station, they found the convict in police custody.
He said when the complainants returned on April 16 they made an official report at the Tarkwa Divisional Criminal Investigation Department and on April 17 the police proceeded to Diaso and after the chiefs case had been dealt with, Seidu was re-arrested and escorted to Tarkwa.
The Prosecutor said the convict, in his caution statement, admitted the offence and pleaded to refund the money.