Ishmael Tetteh in Court
Ishmael Tetteh, an unemployed man, has been arraigned before the Accra Circuit Court (5), presided over by Mrs. Abena Oppong Adjin-Doku on charges of kidnapping and impersonation.
The prosecutor Detective Inspective Kofi Atimbire said that on December 26, 2015, the complainant, Alex Afedo, a carpenter and resident of Christian Village in Accra, could not locate his four-year-old daughter so he reported the matter to the police.
According to Inspector Atimbire, the police advised the complainant to make an announcement on radio.
The complainant, on Monday December 28, 2015 accordingly made an announcement on Peace Fm.
John Kwashie, who is the brother-in-law to the complainant, put his cell phone number out for people to contact him.
The prosecutor explained that few hours after the announcement, John Kwashie received a phone call from the accused person who claimed he knew where the missing girl was and demanded GH¢300 in order to release her.
Furthermore, Detective Inspector stated that John Kwashie pleaded with the accused for a reduction and sent the accused person GH¢200 on different occasions through mobile money transfer.
Explaining further, Detective Inspector Kofi Atimbire said the accused person failed to produce the missing girl and kept demanding for more money.
The police monitored and tracked the accused person through his conversation with John Kwashie.
He was arrested on January 8, 2016 at Adoagyiri, near Nsawam.
According to the prosecutor, further investigation by the police revealed that the accused person posed as a police sergeant in his area.
The accused person, who pleaded guilty with explanation, was accordingly charged with two counts of kidnapping and impersonation.
The prosecutor pleaded with the court to remand the accused person into police custody so that he could help with further investigations.
The presiding judge granted the plea of the prosecution and drew its attention to some irregularity with the charges preferred against the accused person.
The court adjourned the case to January 27, 2016.
By Elikem kwaku Ahialey