Accra, Feb. 28, GNA - Emmanuel Osabutey, an unemployed, who conspired with Kwamena to steal two vehicles from their drivers on different occasions has been arraigned before an Accra Circuit Court.
However, his accomplice Kwamena is now at large
The accused, Emmanuel Osabutey alias Mobile Max has been charged with two counts of stealing contrary to section 124(1) of Act 29/60, has pleaded not guilty to the charge and was remanded into prison custody to re-appear on March 12, 2014.
The Prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Peter Nsoh presenting the case, said the complainants Michael Teye and Wahab Yakubu are drivers of a Nissan Urvan bus and 207 Benz bus with registration number GT 7730 Z and GT3964 T respectively.
He said on January 14, 2014 at about 12.30pm the accused approached Teye at Kaneshie for a lift in a Nissan Urvan bus GT 7730 Z to Mallam but he asked him to wait.
He said while Teye went to renew his income tax at the market, Osabutey convinced his mate that his master had given him the permission to take the vehicle to Mallam.
ASP Nsoh stated that the accused drove the vehicle to Gbawe together with the mate and picked his accomplice Kwamena.
He said accused and his accomplice went to Kasoa and Nyanyanor where they escaped with the vehicle. A complaint was made to the Kaneshie Police.
He noted that the accused removed the engine of the Nissan Urvan bus and abandoned the body at a mechanic shop at Suhum. On February 17, 2014 the Suhum Police recovered the vehicle and informed the Kaneshie Police.
ASP Nsoh also stated that on On February 19, 2014, Osabutey chanced on the second complainant (Wahab Yakubu)ôs 207Benz with its ignition key parked beneath the Kaneshie footbridge and drove it off.
He said a witness in the case alerted the Yakubu who pursued the accused with a taxi and arrested him at Bubiashie where the vehicle was retrieved from him and later handed him over to the Kaneshie Police.
He said while the accused was in Police custody, Teye identified him as the one who stole his Nissan Urvan bus.
He said the accused in his caution statement admitted haven stolen the two vehicles and sold the engine of the Nissan Urvan to scrap dealers at Abossey Okai.