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Taxi driver arrested for stealing vehicle 

February 16, 2024
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A 26-year-old taxi driver, known as Kofi Sakyi or Mosquito, has been brought before a Circuit Court in on charges of stealing a Hyundai 110 vehicle valued at GH¢75,000. Sakyi pleaded not guilty to the charge during the court proceedings presided over by Mr Isaac Addo.

The prosecution, led by Chief Inspector Jonas Lawer, narrated that the complainant, Fatima Zara Ali, a businesswoman residing in Accra New Town, entrusted Sakyi with her Hyundai 110 taxi in September 2023. Sakyi, who also resides in the same area, purportedly approached Ali, expressing his need for employment. Out of compassion, Ali granted him access to the vehicle, assigning him the task of transporting her child to and from school in Haatso.

However, on January 21, 2024, Sakyi failed to show up to collect Ali's child for school, claiming that the vehicle had encountered mechanical issues. Despite his assurances of fixing the problem, Sakyi remained unreachable, prompting Ali to seek alternative arrangements. Subsequent attempts to locate Sakyi proved futile, leading Ali to file a report with the police on January 25, 2024.

Following intelligence reports, it was discovered that Sakyi had fled to Agona Kwanyako in the , then to upon learning of the police pursuit. Eventually, on February 5, 2024, Sakyi was apprehended in Agona Swedru based on intelligence.

In his caution statement, Sakyi denied the allegations, claiming that he was attacked by unidentified individuals at Circle, who then requested him to transport them to North Kaneshie. However, Sakyi's inability to identify the alleged crime scene casts doubt on his defence.

The court remanded Sakyi into police custody until February 27, 2024, pending further investigations into the matter.

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