Takoradi, Ghana – Kingsley Ofosu, the remarkable survivor of the harrowing ‘Deadly Voyage' stowaway incident in 1992, has been granted bail by the Takoradi Circuit Court, presided over by Henrietta Charway.
The survivor, who recently made headlines for his alleged involvement in a €12,000 scam, was granted bail but has not met the specified bail conditions.
The accused had pleaded for bail, which was temporarily suspended after the prosecutor, Inspector Robert Yawson, informed the court that investigations had not been concluded.
The court, in granting bail, required a GH¢2 million bond with two sureties, one of whom must be justified by providing landed property.
Additionally, the bail conditions mandated the sureties to deposit their Ghana Cards with the court, while the accused himself was asked to deposit his Ghanaian passport at the court registry.
Kingsley Ofosu's recent legal entanglement stems from allegations made by Charles Ohemeng, a complainant in Germany.
Ohemeng claimed that in 1997, after learning of Ofosu's miraculous survival as a stowaway, he entrusted him with the shipment of various vehicles and printing machines to Ghana.
This included vehicles such as a Mercedes Benz, a tanker, a Nissan, a double-axel vehicle, and an Opel, as well as printing machines, amounting to approximately 240,000 Deutschmarks, equivalent to €120,000 at the time.
However, Ohemeng alleged that he never received the shipped items nor had any communication from Ofosu thereafter.
The case has been adjourned to Monday, November 20, to allow for further investigations and proceedings.
In 1992, Kingsley Ofosu and his half-brother, Albert Cudjoe, embarked on a perilous journey as stowaways on the MC Ruby Cargo Ship.
The ship, carrying a Ukrainian crew and flying the Bahamian flag, was docked in Takoradi for cocoa loading.
The stowaways' journey took a tragic turn when they were discovered by the ship's crew. To their horror, the crew decided to kill them one by one.
In a grisly turn of events, Kingsley Ofosu was the sole survivor of this ordeal, which gained international attention. The story of their harrowing journey was later depicted in the 1996 film ‘Deadly Voyage.'