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An Accra Circuit Court has granted a GH¢10,000.00 bail with two sureties to an event planner for allegedly defrauding a military officer of GH¢9,500.00 under the pretext of organising a wedding reception for him.

In addition, Benjamin Boateng Odofo, who pleaded not guilty to defrauding by false pretence, was ordered to deposit GH¢3,000.00 at the court.

He will re-appear on May 29.

Police Chief Inspector Francis Tassan told the Court presided over by Mr Emmanuel Essandoh that the Prosecution witness; Captain Jude Aryeh Boahene, is a Military Officer and a clinical Engineer stationed at the 37 Military hospital in Accra while Adofo is an event planner and a resident of Taifa.

In May 2017, a friend of the prosecution witness directed him to the accused as one who could organise his wedding reception for him, he said.

He then met Adofo to discuss the detail of the reception to be held on September 29, 2017, at East Legon, also in Accra, which he agreed to organise at a fee of GH¢9,500.00.

The prosecution said the money was then paid through one Irene Ansong.

Chief Inspector Tassan recounted that four weeks to the event, Captain Boahene started giving the accused calls to remind him but had no response from him.

Two weeks to the event, the prosecution witness went to the said venue to ascertain whether any arrangements had been made but to his surprise nothing had been done.

He then went and paid for the venue and made several visits to the accused’s office, gave him phone calls as well as text messages to inform him that he had secured a place but Adofo did not answer any of them.

Adofo further blocked the lines of both the Captain and Irene, thus, the Captain gave up and employed the services of another event organiser.

The Prosecution said, after the event, all efforts to get Adofo failed. Accused’s wife and family were informed but still advice to Adofo to refund the money fell on deaf ears.

On December 7, the same year, upon a tip-off, Boahene went to Adofo’s office but fled when he saw him approaching, he added.

Captain Boahene then collected some items such as 150 chairs and table clothes from Adofo’s office and drove off with them in his service vehicle.

Adofo was later arrested and put before court.

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