Driver sentenced to 8 years for attempted kidnapping, ransom plot, Chinese accomplice at large

Driver Sentenced to Eight Years for Attempted Kidnapping and Ransom Plot

An has sentenced a driver, Godfred Ayittey, to eight years imprisonment in hard labour for his involvement in attempting to kidnap a father and daughter for ransom. Ayittey, who denied conspiring with Wang Liang, was found culpable after a trial. Wang Liang is currently at large.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Emmanuel Nyamekye informed the court, presided over by Mrs Afia Owusua Appiah, that the witness, Richard Asomaning, reported to Police on August 3, 2022. Asomaning detailed how Ayittey recruited him via phone for a kidnapping operation, urging him to find a competent driver for the crime.

Feigning interest, Asomaning provided copies of his driver's license and , along with those of Peter Ofoe Agbovie, a friend he recruited for Ayittey. They arranged a meeting with Ayittey to discuss the operation, during which Ayittey revealed the intended victims as Mr. Joseph K. Horgle, owner of J. K. Horgle Transport and Company Limited, and his daughter Elinam.

DSP Nyamekye emphasized that Ayittey communicated solely through phone calls, creating a WhatsApp group platform for the operation. Ayittey provided funds to Asomaning to conduct surveillance, and initial photographs of the company's premises were sent to Ayittey.

Agbovie, another accomplice, was instructed to rent a vehicle while Ayittey procured guns for the operation. Ayittey was arrested on August 9, 2022, and admitted to the offence, revealing that Wang, a Chinese associate at DADA Foods, orchestrated the kidnapping.

Investigations disclosed that Ayittey had previously worked for the intended victim's company and was aware of the financial capacity to pay ransom using cryptocurrency, transferring funds to Wang Liang's account in to avoid detection.

Asomaning, who had posted his details seeking employment online, became a target when Ayittey changed the job offer to a kidnapping proposition. Ayittey, facing charges, was sentenced to eight years in prison for his role in the attempted kidnapping and ransom plot.

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