A business man and his driver have been remanded by an Accra Circuit Court for robbing a Canadian national John Merkouris of 10 kilograms of gold he bought from them.
Prince Tease, Kofi Mensah and two alleged accomplices, Nana Osei and Chief who were at large, after selling the said gold, forged documents purporting to be a court injunction stopping the exportation of the gold.
They were arraigned in a court presided over by Aboagye Tandoh and charged with conspiracy to commit crime. Tease was charged with forgery of documents and robbery while the driver was charged with abetment of crime.
They pleaded not guilty and have been remanded in police custody while the case was adjourned to August 19, 2015.
The facts of the case as presented by the prosecuting officer ACP Moses Atibilla were that the complainant, Merkouris is a Canadian while the accused persons are a businessman and a driver respectively. The accused persons acted with two accomplices who were currently at large.
According to him, the Canadian arrived in the country to purchase gold and was informed by Kofi Mensah that his boss deals in gold and subsequently led the complainant to CFC Estates towards Achimota where the suspects promised the Candian 50 kilograms of gold at $31, 500 per kilo.
He said the suspects then demanded that the complainant paid 7% of the amount which was $110,250 for documentation and export of the said gold which was to be exported to the complainant’s partners in Dubai.
The Police Officer said it was further agreed that the complainant and Prince Tease would travel to Dubai for three days and return to Ghana after the gold had been delivered and that the remaining balance of $1,464,750 should be paid after they had returned. after which 10 kilograms would be given to the Canadian.
He indicated that the complainant paid for 10 kilograms of gold which he kept in his hotel. Prior to the journey to Dubai, the driver went and picked the complainant and the 10kgs of gold and took him to his boss’s office instead of the airport.
The prosecuting officer added that at the office, the complainant met man armed with a pistol who claimed he was a customs officer. The purported customs officer then brought out some documents and asserted that it was a court injunction stopping the exportation of the gold and forcibly took the 10 kilograms gold from the complainant.
He said the suspects were arrested after the matter was reported to the police.
Source: Daily Guide