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Dapaah’s maids trial: We started depositing monies stolen from 20 years ago – Ex-Minister’s husband to Court

Professional Architect and husband of former Minister for Sanitation, Daniel Osei Kuffuor has told the High Court in Accra that they started depositing monies stolen from their storeroom for the past 20 years.

According to him, those monies either belonged to him, his wife (Cecilia Abena Dapaah), her wife’s family and his niece who was also his client.

Mr Kufuor who is testifying as the first prosecution witness had said, Patience Botwe and Sarah Agyei, both their former house helps together with five conspired to steal their monies.

Under further-Cross examination on Wednesday, May 15, Counsel for Sarah Agyei (2nd Accused) asked Mr Kuffuor to tell the Court the time they deposited those monies at the storeroom.

In his response, he said that started from the past 20 years.

He also explained to the Court the methods employed by the accused persons to steal those monies.

“Later on at one of the confrontations where we were present, A1 (Patience Botwe) stated that, the method adopted was that A2 (Sarah Agyei) will be in the room operating and A1 (Botwe) will be at the gate watching out and then A3 (Benjamin Sowah) supplied the main keys of the House for A1 (Botwe) to cut duplicate keys,” he told the Court under cross-examination from Lawyer Augustine’s Gyamfi.

Patience Botwe, 18, and Sarah Agyei, 30, together with Benjamin Sowah, Malik Dauda, Christiana Achab, Job Pomary, and Yahaya Sumaila have all denied the various charges pressed against them – ranging from Conspiracy to steal, stealing, dishonestly receiving, and money laundering.

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Despite being granted bail, they have not been able to meet their respective bail conditions and are still in lawful custody.

The 81-year-old Professional Architect with 53 years of experience said the accused persons stole two sets of $210, 000 and $200, 000 from their storeroom.

In addition to the dollars, he said another set of £300,000 belonging to him and GHc300,000 being contributions that Cecilia Dapaah’s siblings made towards the funeral of her late mother were also stolen.

“Subsequently, my wife and I found out that some of our valuables as well as huge sums of monies had been stolen from the storeroom.

“This included an amount of 210,000 US Dollars which belonged to my wife’s deceased brother, Nana Akwasi Essan II alias Charles Dapaah,” he said.

Other monies he said were stolen from their storeroom were: “Two Hundred Thousand US Dollars ($200,000 USD) belonging to Dorcas Wiredua, my niece who is also my client.

“Three Hundred Thousand Euros (£300,000) belonging to me,” and “Three Hundred Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHc300,000) being contributions that my wife’s siblings and she made towards the funeral of her late mother.

“Fifty Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHc50,000) belonging to my wife,” he stated.

EIB network’s Legal Affairs Correspondent, Murtala Inusah, who was in Court reports that lawyers of Benjamin Sowah, 3rd Accused has been called upon to cross examined the Witness on May 20.

The directive for Justice Marie-Louise Simmons, the presiding judge was after Counsel for Sarah Agyei, Augustine’s Gyamfi ended his cross examination.

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Source: Kasapafmonline

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