Individuals present at the Accra Circuit court on Thursday could not witness the proceedings in the trial of popular celebrated ace Ghanaian musician, Akosua gyapong, for allegedly defrauding one Jonas Asamoah.
The Accra Circuit court, presided over by Her Honour, Cecilia Dapaa Mireku, called the first accused, Akosua Agyapong, the second accused Frank Agyemang Badu and the complainant, Jonas Asamoah to her chambers for proceedings.
The Defence Counsel, Mr. B. T. Agbley declined to state the reason behind the in-camera hearing.
Facts presented by Prosecution
Akosua Agyapong was charged for allegedly defrauding one Jonas Asamoah of an amount of GH¢160,000 and a Toyota RAV 4 valued at GH¢100,000. The complainant wanted a parcel of land by the roadside to display his vehicles for sale. He contacted Akosua Agyapong who lives at Tuba, for assistance.
Akosua Agyepong told the complainant that she had a plot of land for rent but the complainant insisted that he wanted an outright sale.
Akosua Agyapong later introduced the second accused person, Frank Agyemang Badu, to the complainant as her brother who has one plot of land opposite the West Hills Mall for sale.
The complainant, after inspecting the land, expressed interest but asked for genuine documents for verification at the Lands Commission; but Akosua Agyapong convinced the complainant that the land was genuine and as far as she was concerned, Frank Agyemang Badu was the rightful owner.
Akosua and her accomplice then took the complainant to the Lands Commission where a supposed official of the commission came out to confirm to the complainant that the land truly belongs to Frank Agyemang Badu.
The three then arrived at GH¢160,000 as the price for the land after a lengthy bargain.
The complainant made a payment of GH¢105,000 to the two and further released a Toyota RAV 4 valued at GH¢100,000 to Frank so that he could add another plot of land located behind the West Hills Mall.
After the complainant had made the payments, Akosua and Frank then furnished the complainant with land documents which were in the name of one Dora Amosi Okyere and not Frank Agyemang Badu as the complainant was made to believe.
The complainant, having made payment for the land, went to begin working on it but was confronted by one Jonathan Asante who claimed ownership of it and had the original documents.
He then tried to locate Akosua Agyapong and Agyemang Badu to retrieve her money but to no avail.
The complainant reported the case to the police and the two accused persons were arrested.