Court remands Carpenter for possessing live ammunition

Court remands Carpenter for possessing live ammunition

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A thirty-nine (39) year old Carpenter has been remanded into custody by an Accra Circuit Court for possessing ammunition without lawful authority.

The Accused, Benjamin Danso pleaded not guilty to the charge leveled against him by the Police hence was remanded into lawful custody to reappear on Thursday, the 21st of April, 2016.

The case was presided over by His Honour, Aboagye Tandoh.

Background to the Case

Hours earlier, the Prosecutor, Chief Inspector Adu told the court that the Complainant, Paul Mensah is a security man at Toppers Hotel located at St. Johns in Accra and lives on the same premises whilst the Accused, Benjamin Danso is a carpenter who resides at Nanakrom in Accra.

The Police Officer said that on the 31st of March, 2016, at about 4:00am, the Accused in the company of a lady checked into room number nine (9) of the same hotel, adding that later in the day, the Accused checked out but didn’t pay the hotel bill.

Prosecution also stated that the receptionist confronted the Accused and demanded the hotel bill per the rules and regulations of the hotel, stating that as a result, a misunderstanding ensued between them which drew the attention of the Complainant who was in a nearby room.

Chief Inspector Adu narrated that in the event, the Complainant (the security officer in charge) conducted a search on the accused and discovered three live ammunition in his trousers pocket, adding that the Complainant arrested the Accused and handed him over to the Police.

The Prosecutor asserted that upon interrogation, the Accused mentioned one Sait as the person who gave him the ammunition but could not lead the Police to arrest him. After investigation, the Accused was charged with the offence of possessing fire arms and ammunition without lawful authority contrary to section Eleven (11) of the Arms and Ammunition Act, 1972 (NRCD 9).