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Businessman remanded for defrauding lawyer

A businessman, who took GHc 32,000.00 from a lawyer under the pretext of securing him a Land Rover Jeep Vehicle from the Dutch Embassy, but failed, has been remanded by an Accra Circuit Court.

Mr Mahmoud Odaymat, 47, was charged with defrauding by false pretense, but pleaded not guilty.

The Counsel for accused prayed for bail, but prosecution opposed the request, on the grounds that accused was a ‘fright risk’ as he was not a citizen of the country and might not appear before the court for trial.

The court presided over by Mr Emmanuel Essandoh, upheld the submission of the prosecution and remanded accused into Ankaful prison, to reappear on July 27, 2022.

Prosecuting, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Augustus Yirenkyi, holding the brief for Inspector Pobee, told the Court that the complainant, Mr Geoffrey Howard Quist, is a lawyer, and resided at Kaneshie.

The prosecution said accused was alleged to be a businessman and a resident of Adabraka.

DSP Yirenkyi said in 2019, accused approached the complainant and introduced himself as a worker of Dutch Embassy, who could helped him secure a vehicle from the embassy.

The court heard that accused upon such representation, demanded and collected cash of GHc 32,000.00 from the complainant under the pretext of buying Land Rover Jeep vehicle for him from the embassy in a period of one week.

DSP Yirenkyi said accused after collecting the money, failed to deliver on his promise or returned the money, but rather went into hiding.

On July 13, 2022, luck, however, eluded accused when the complainant chanced on him, arrested him, and handed him to the police. -GNA

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