Suspected wedding thief refused bail

An Accra circuit court on Wednesday refused the bail application for Emelia Appiah, who is suspected to have stolen GH¢ 15,000.00 belonging to Mr and Mrs Eric Botwe, at their wedding reception.

Emelia, unemployed, was refused bail after her lawyer prayed the court, presided over by Madam Romaine Abele Abbey, to grant her request.

The accused, who pleaded not guilty, was remanded into police custody to reappear on August 28.

Police Inspector Kofi Nyadikor told the court that the complainant is Mr Eric Botwe Jnr, a businessman, whiles the accused is unemployed.

He said on April 20, 2013, complainant married Mrs Linda Botwe, and that morning the accused went to the complainant’s house and imposed herself as a member of the team to dress the bride but she was turned away because by that time, the bride had already been dressed.

Inspector Nyadikor said the accused later followed up to the All Souls Baptist Church, South La, where the wedding took place and again impersonated Salome Boatemaa Boamah, a witness in the case, who was part of the team in charge of the gift table.

He said, on that note, the accused was allowed by the church clerks to gain access to the gift table.

He said after the wedding ceremony, all the gifts made up of envelopes containing an amount of GH¢15,000.00 and the parcels were put together and taken to the reception grounds at the 37 Military Hospital Army Officers Mess.

The prosecution told the court that accused, during a conversation with another witness in the case, introduced herself as a course mate of the bride at the University of Cape Coast.

He said after the wedding reception, the parcels and the record book were bound together and separated from the bag containing the envelopes and as the witnesses packed the parcels into the wedding cars, the accused stole the bag containing the envelopes and bolted in a waiting taxi.

Inspector Nyadikor said on April 21, complainant lodged a complaint at the Cantonment Police Station and informed his friends to help find the accused.

He said on August 17, accused was spotted at another wedding reception at Margaret Mary Preparatory School, Dansoman, by one of the witnesses in the case, busily receiving parcels.

He told the court that the witness then raised an alarm and accused was accordingly arrested and sent to the Dansoman Police Station and later to Cantonment Police Station.

Inspector Nyadikor said in her caution statement, the accused admitted the offence and stated that she only stole GH¢ 8,000.00.


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