SAMUEL DADSON the unemployed man who was apprehended a few weeks ago for attempting to sell his girlfriend for money rituals would be tried by a new judge. He had wanted to sell his lover for GH¢8,000 without her knowledge.
The accused person was initially put before an Accra Circuit Court presided over by Audrey Kocuvie-Tay where he was charged for human-trafficking his girlfriend, Doricina Owusu Aduomi. His plea is yet to be taken.
Dadson would now be tried by another judge, Romaine Abbey who is the substantive judge assigned to handle the case. Ms. Abbey was on leave but has resumed.
The prosecuting officer, ASP Richard Assor, who presented the facts of the case told the court that the complainants, Frank Osei and Kwame Amewu are taxi drivers in Accra while the accused person is unemployed.
He said in the middle of June 2013 the accused person hired Osei to take him around Accra to do some rounds and in the course of that he told the driver he wanted to engage in money rituals.
According to the police officer the accused person asked the driver to assist him to locate a mallam who could help him with some rituals but they did not finish their discussion so they exchanged numbers and promised to talk later.
The police officer stated that a few days later Dadson called Osei to inform him that he had two human heads available for ritual purposes and Osei after their conversation narrated the matter to his pastor on the phone.
Furthermore, he said the pastor of the witness advised him to report the matter to the police and he did so after which the police planned with him to get somebody to pose as a prospective buyer.
In addition, he said the police and the taxi driver together with the prospective buyer met the accused person, adding that the prospective buyer requested that the victim who was to be used for rituals be brought to him. The accused person said he lived in Kumasi and promised to do just that.
Explaining further he noted that after an initial amount of GH¢15,000 the accused agreed to sell his victim to the prospective buyer for GH¢8,000.
He said all the bargaining happened in the presence of the police and witness after which he told them that he and the lady would arrive in Accra on July 3, 2013.
The prosecuting officer said Dadson however said he was cash strapped and needed some money so the prospective buyer later sent him GH¢100 through MTN mobile money.
ASP Assor said the accused person called the interested buyer and arranged to meet him and the lady at VIP bus station near Kwame Nkrumah Circle later that day, adding that when they arrived, Dadson called the prospective buyer and informed him.
Police immediately surrounded the vehicle and apprehended Dadson as soon as the buyer arrived and the victim sat in the vehicle.