Businessman remanded for stealing colleague’s car

The Circuit Court in Accra has remanded a 37-year-old businessman in police custody over an alleged theft of a Toyota carvalued GH¢90,000. 00, belonging to a colleague.

 Richard OddoiLaryea, accused, denied stealing the vehicle belonging to Isaac Ayisi, and will re-appear before court on July 8, 2022.

The court adjourned the case to July 8, 2022, and ordered prosecution to file and serve witness statement to counsel of accused.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Maxwell Oppong told the court presided over by Mrs Ellen OffeiAyeh that Ayisi, the complainant, resided at Mallam, in Accra, whilst Laryea resided at Nungua.

Prosecution said on May 15, 2022, the complainant was travelling by his unregistered Toyota Camry and on reaching Nungua, he parked the car and kept it under the care of accused, also a businessman, because it developed electrical fault, and continued the journey.

ASP Oppong said when complainant later went to take his vehicle from accused, it was nowhere to be found, and attempts to recover it proved futile.

The court heard that accused went into hiding and switched off his mobile phone.

 ASP Oppong said on June 15, 2022, when complainant went to accused’s house, he was told that the accused’s had been arrested by the police at Nimain connection with a similar case.

Prosecution said complainant, went to the police station and identified accused as the person who was keeping his car.

ASP Oppong saidaccused admitted the offence in his caution statement, and told police that he was being pursued by National Security personnel for committing similar offence.

Prosecution told the court that accused claimed he used the complainant’s car as a collateral to obtain loan to defray indebtedness.

ASP Oppong said accused and the lender sold the complainant’s car at GHc69, 000.00andthe lender took GH¢38,000.00, being the loan, and gave the remaining GH¢31, 000.00to accused. -GNA

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