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Trader Jailed for Attempting to Steal Car During Test Drive

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A trader by the name of Wahab Alhassan has been given a four-year prison sentence with hard labour by the Tema Circuit Court B for attempting to steal a Toyota Camry vehicle belonging to a businessman.

The presiding judge, Ms Bertha Aniagyei, delivered the verdict after Alhassan, who is 50 years old, pleaded guilty to the charge of attempting to commit a crime, a violation of section 18 (1) of the Criminal Offences Act of 1960. (Act 29).

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According to Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mrs. Stella Odame, the prosecutor, the complainant, Mr Charles Afropong, is a businessman residing in New Dawhenya, Community 25, while Alhassan is a trader from Suame in the Ashanti Region and hails from Worawora in the Oti Region.

The prosecutor explained that Mr Afropong owns a black Toyota Camry with a DV number plate and a ‘for sale’ sticker bearing his contact information.

On August 20, 2021, Alhassan phoned Mr Afropong, expressing interest in purchasing the vehicle in question. They arranged to meet at Community 25 Junction on Sunday, August 22, 2021.

Alhassan met Mr Afropong as planned and requested to take the car for a test drive on a rough road near Community 25 Junction.

Mid-way through the test drive, Alhassan informed the complainant that there was a fault on one of the tyres, and thus stopped the car, allowing them both to inspect the allegedly faulty tyres while the engine was still running.

However, after convincing Mr Afropong to get out of the vehicle, Alhassan jumped back in and attempted to speed away. The accused drove in a zigzag pattern to try and make Mr Afropong fall off the passenger door.

During the process, Alhassan lost control of the steering wheel and crashed the vehicle into a gutter, causing extensive damage. The accused then tried to flee, but the complainant’s cries for help drew the attention of the youth in the area, who apprehended Alhassan and handed him over to the Devtraco Police.

The accused was charged and brought before the court after an official complaint was filed and an investigation caution statement was obtained from him.

 

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