Businessman accused of car theft and unlawful entry granted bail by Accra Circuit Court

A businessman who allegedly stole 16 different brands of cars, totalling $115,850 (GH¢1,621,900) from Auto Plaza, has been granted bail by an Circuit Court.

The accused is also accused of unlawfully entering the compound and warehouse of Fafia Auto Plaza Limited and threatening Jihad Hijazi with a pistol by firing two rounds of ammunition.

During the unlawful entry, the accused also stole workshop items and furniture, including diagnosing machines, tool boxes, a pressing machine, car jacks, and various other items, amounting to $41,033.19 (GH¢574,464.66).

In addition, he took a sofa set, tables, cabinets, office desks, chairs, and other office furniture, totalling GH¢ 44,745.00.

The accused, Abdullatif Ghamrawi Azzam, pleaded not guilty to charges of unlawful entry, threat of death, and three counts of stealing.

The defence counsel requested bail for the accused, and the prosecution did not oppose bail but asked the court to consider factors such as the accused's nationality, the amount of money involved, and the gravity of the offences.

Considering the circumstances, the Court presided over by Mr Jojo Amoah Hagan, granted the accused bail in the sum of GH¢2.5 million with two sureties.

The sureties were required to provide a landed property with a stamped and registered title deed, and they were also instructed to deposit their passport pictures at the registry.

The accused person was ordered to submit his original passport to the registrar.

The case has been adjourned to May 27, 2023.

According to Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Emmanuel Haligah, the complainant, Madam Mavis Opoku Kani, is the Credit Control Manager of Auto Plaza.

The accused person used to work as an errand boy for the late Mohammed Hijazi, Chairman of Auto Plaza and Managing Director of Fafia Auto Limited.

After the death of Mohammed Hijazi, the accused forcefully took over the premises of Fafia Auto Limited and drove away with some of the vehicles parked in the yard.

The accused person also broke into shops and stole workshop items and furniture.

Management of Auto Plaza became aware of the unlawful takeover and CEO Mr Jihad Hijazi, along with other workers, went to investigate.

During the confrontation, the accused person fired two shots with a pistol but fortunately, no one was harmed.

The complainant and witnesses collected two expended ammunition shells from the scene and handed them over to the police.

The accused person was subsequently arrested after the complainant filed a petition with the Director General of CID.

During a search of the accused person's office, a 380 ACP CAL TALON Pistol was found and seized.

The pistol and empty shells have been sent to the Police Forensic Laboratory for ballistic examination.

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