Stowaway survivor granted bail over €130,000 fraud
The sole survivor of the “Deadly Voyage” stowaway fame, Kingsley Ofosu accused of €130,000 fraud, is still in police custody, after failing to meet the bail conditions.
The Takoradi Circuit Court ‘B’ presided over by Ms Henrietta Charway on Monday, granted him GH¢2,000,000 bail in addition to two sureties, of which one should be justified with landed properties.
The sureties are also required to deposit their Ghana Cards at the court while Ofosu has also been asked to deposit his Ghanaian passport at the court registry.
As of the time of filing this report, Ofosu had not met the bail conditions, and the case has been adjourned to Monday, November 20.
Meanwhile, the plea of accused was not taken as the prosecutor, Inspector Robert Yawson, told the court investigations had not been concluded.
Ofosu, alias Cudjoe, is facing charges of €130,000 fraud. He will answer questions on charges of stealing and defrauding by false pretence.
Insp Yawson said that the complainant in the case, Sylvia Ansah, is an Assistant Registrar at the Takoradi Technical University (TTU) and resident of West Tanokrom, whilst accused, Kingsley Ofosu, is a trader and resident of Tanokrom in Takoradi.
The prosecution said, accused in 1998, received an unspecified sum of money from Ms Ansah’s uncle, Charles Ohemeng, based in Germany, to clear his goods that were shipped to the Tema Port.
According to Insp Yawson, after clearing one tipper truck, one petrol tanker, one 33 -seater Mercedes benz, one 207 Mercedes benz, one Ford Macronova and one set of industrial printing machine together with other valuable goods, totalling 130,000 Euro( GH¢1,613,124.62), Ofosus told them.
The court heard that Ofosu did not give the money he realised from the sale of the vehicles and goods to the complainant (Sylvia Ansah), and went into hiding.
Insp Yawson recalled thatin 1998, accused also collected GH¢300 from complaint’s sister, Emma Ohemeng, now deceased, under the pretext of renting a bigger apartment to her at Top 10, Takoradi, but absconded after receiving the money.
Insp Yawson said an informant spotted accused at a funeral at Ningo Prampram in the Greater Accra Region, and reported the case to the police at Kwesimintsim and the personnel liaised with Ningo Prampram District Police and arrested Ofosu.
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The prosecution said accused in his investigation caution statement admitted the offence.
In 1992, Kingsley Ofosu made international headlines after he survived the slaughter of a group of African stowaways by the crew of a Bahamian-flagged Ukrainian-crewed cargo ship, MC Rugby.
Ofosu lost his half-brother, Albert Cudjoe, who was shot when they tried escaping as the only two survivors.
When the trial of the crew members made international headlines, multiple film companies approached Ofosu to purchase the rights to his story, andhe eventually signed a deal with Union Pictures and Viva Films. The Union Pictures/Viva Films production was to be distributed to and financed by HBO and the BBC.
The cast of Deadly Voyage were Omar Epps as Kingsley Ofosu, Joss Ackland as the ship’s captain, Sean Pertwee as Ion Plesin, DavidSuchet as Andreas Vlachos, Ghana’s David Dontoh, Oscar Provencal and Juliet Asante.