Bench Warrant For Sports Journalist

An Accra circuit court has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of one Fred Oduro, a self-styled sports journalist of Accra-based Vision One FM.

The accused was last seen at the court on May 5, 2015 after the court, presided over by Mrs. Jennifer Ahmed Myers, had granted him bail on November 18, last year.

This compelled the trial judge to issue the bench warrant for his immediate arrest.

It is the case of the prosecution led by DSP Alex Odonkor, that Oduro in May 2014, with intent to defraud, defrauded one Linda Osei the sum of GH¢11,000 under the pretext of securing a Canadian visa for her.

Oduro has however, denied the charge of defrauding by false pretences. Sitting continues on December 15, 2015.

Narrating a series of events to the court, DSP Odonkor said the complainant was a student resident at Tanoso in Kumasi while the accused claimed to be a sports journalist resident at Asharley Botwe in Accra.

He said in May last year, Linda wanted a Canadian visa to enable her join her brother, one Yaw Osei, who was domiciled in Canada.

As a result, the prosecutor said Linda was introduced to Oduro who promised to help and charged her to pay the said amount as visa documentation fee.

The court heard that Oduro procured a Ghanaian passport for Linda, suggesting that because the passport was new, he wanted to obtain a South African visa to enable her get the Canadian one.

DSP Odonkor said later, Oduro called Linda and told her to be ready to travel to South Africa as her visa was ready on July 1, 2014, before she could proceed to Canada.

The police officer stated that before the scheduled date, Oduro called Linda that her passport was missing and that he could prepare another one for her to be submitted to the Canadian Embassy.

DSP Odonkor said since then the accused had been playing hide and seek with Linda until he was arrested on September 17, last year at Oman FM when he went for a panel discussion.

He said Oduro, in his caution statement, admitted the offence and refunded GH¢800 and went into hiding.

By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson

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