42-year-old carpenter granted bail over theft

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A 42-year-old carpenter who allegedly stole an unregistered 2019 Toyota Highlander worth GH₵300,000.00 at Kempinski Hotel in Accra has been granted bail by the Accra Circuit Court.

Mr. Divine Amega, who was charged with theft and dishonestly receiving, pleaded not guilty.

The court presided over by Mrs Afia Owusua Appiah granted the accused person bail in the sum of GH₵300,000.00 with two sureties.

The prosecution was directed by the court to record and file all disclosures and statements of witnesses.
The matter has been adjourned till April 27, 2023.

The facts presented by the prosecution, Chief Inspector of Police Samuel Ahyabor, were that the complainant Mr. Hope Ya Lumor was an employee of ABSA Bank, while the accused person resided in Clegane, Accra.

Prosecution stated that on February 9, 2023, the complainant reported to work inside the exclusive lounge of ABSA Bank located in the premises of Kempinski Hotel, where he parked his unregistered 2019 model Toyota Highlander Ash worth GH₵300,000.00 in the car park. Parked. and entered the lounge to see a customer.

It said the complainant after conducting business went to the car park for his vehicle but surprisingly it was nowhere to be found.

The prosecution said that a police investigation into the car park revealed that the vehicle had been taken from the car park by the occupants of a green Toyota Corolla with a cloned ignition key.

It said that it was also learned that the occupants of the vehicle followed the complainant with the said vehicle for some time before stealing the vehicle from the hotel car park.

The prosecution said that on March 1, 2023, the police intercepted a green colored Corolla saloon car driven by the accused person at Ashaiman.

It said the police, upon searching the vehicle, recovered a Toyota ignition key, a road worthy and an insurance sticker from the registration plate on the green Toyota saloon car used in the alleged burglary operation on February 9, 2023. matched.

The prosecution stated that further investigation on the Toyota ignition key revealed that it was a duplicate key of the complainant’s stolen Toyota Highlander.

It said that a careful examination of the green Toyota Corolla indicated that the vehicle was the same vehicle used by the accused persons and others at large to steal the car of the complainant and thereafter the registration plate on the vehicle was changed to avoid arrest by the police. changed to

The prosecution stated that the accused person had denied the ownership of the said vehicle and had mentioned one Sika as the owner but was not able to lead the police in arresting him to assist in the investigation.

It said that further investigation revealed that the green Toyota saloon car recovered from the accused person was imported with alcohol as its original color by Kingsley Asubonteng of Raskawa Car Rental in Kwabenya and registered with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) ) was registered with registration no. ,

The prosecution reportedly said, “However, the vehicle was stolen in Kwabenya in April 2022, but the color was changed from wine to green, the chassis number was changed to read as 2TIBURHEOFC393398 instead of 5YFBURHE4EP164219 and the number The plate also changed.

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