An Accra Circuit Court has granted GH30,000 bail with three sureties to a self-employed man accused of defrauding a Police Inspector.
Wisdom Waklatsi allegedly collected GH17,500 from complainant Police Inspector George Kwakye under the guise of purchasing a V – boot diesel automatic Mercedes Benz car, but he failed.
Mrs Susana Eduful, presided over by the Court, ordered that only three family members stand sureties for Waklatsi.
Waklatsi was also ordered by the trial judge to report to the police on the first Wednesday of each month. Waklatsi, 38, is accused of defrauding by false pretenses. He has denied the charge. Waklasti is set to return on February 6, 2023.
Police Inspector Wisdom Alorwu was opposed to the accused being granted bail, claiming that he was a flight risk and that if granted bail, he might not appear to stand trial.
Inspector Alorwu contended that the accused had committed similar crimes.
According to the prosecution, when Waklasti fled, he fled to neighboring Togo, where it took the police some time to apprehend him.
Defence Counsel Andy Vortia asked the court to dismiss the case because the facts did not support the charge leveled against the accused.
According to the defense counsel, the case was “purely civil,” and the complainant should file a civil suit to recover his money.
The Court, however, declined the invitation, stating that it would need to hear evidence to determine whether or not the matter was civil.
According to the prosecution, George Kwakye, the complainant, was a Police Inspector stationed at the Greater Accra Regional Police Command’s Bravo SWAT Unit, while Waklatsi, the accused, was a self-employed man who lived in Gbawe, Accra.
According to the prosecution, Mr Kwakye informed a witness, Nana Kofi Bonney, in June 2022, of his intention to purchase a V-Boot automatic diesel Mercedes Benz car for his personal use.
According to the report, Mr Kwakye was introduced to Waklatsi, who claimed to be an importer of Mercedes Benz vehicles for sale and assured him that he could provide him with the vehicle of his choice for GH 26,000.00 within two weeks.
According to the prosecution, Kwakye made a partial payment of GH1 17,500.00 to Waklatsi, and after receiving the money, the accused failed to provide the vehicle and fled to Togo.
According to the statement, on December 16, 2022, the accused was arrested and taken to the Police Regional Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Accra, where he admitted the crime during investigations.