Anyebas James, a student, was given a 12-month sentence with hard labor by the Nkwanta District Court for defrauding a merchant in the Nkwanta South Municipality.
The defendant, a 23-year-old University of Development Studies (UDS) level 200 student, entered a guilty plea to the charge.
On July 10 of this year, the inmate advertised a Haojue DR motorbike that was for sale on both his Facebook wall and his WhatsApp status, according to police inspector Bright Nana Nkansah.
The complainant, Mr. S.K. Kwasi, expressed interest in purchasing the motorbike listed on, according to the prosecution, which testified before the court presided over by Mr. Joseph Evans Anang Okrupa.
According to Inspector Nkansah, the complainant agreed to pay GH 8,500 for the motorbike.
According to the prosecution, the student gave the complainant instructions to deposit the funds into his Momo account in order to smooth the transfer of the motorbike to him, and the buyer complied.
After receiving full payment, the inmate requested an additional GH1,100 to help with the registration of the motorbike, which he granted for a total of GH9,600, according to Insp. Nkansah.
According to the prosecution, the convicted man broke his word and fled to Nalerigu.
According to Insp. Nkansah, Mr. Kwasi’s detention was caused by a report he made to the Nkwanta Police Station.
Anyebas, according to the prosecution, came in court and entered a guilty plea.
Insp Nkansah said the family of the student paid GH¢4,000 of the GH¢9,600, which was presented to court.