Fisherman in custody for illegal possession of firearms

An Accra circuit cCourt has remanded a fisherman in police custody for allegedly possessing firearms and ammunition without authority.

Nene Asare Sackitey pleaded not guilty and has been remanded to reappear before the court presided over by Mr Francis Obiri on February 5, 2014.

Facts of the case
The prosecutor, Deputy Superintendant of Police (DSP) P.A. Morkeh, told the court that on December 8, 2012, the police received information that some men were having in their possession one AK 47 assault rifle and a quantity of ammunition.

He said the police proceeded to the New Vision Hotel near New-Weija and spotted a Kia taxi cab parked at a drinking bar with the driver seated behind the steering wheel.

He said the driver then approached the Police team and informed them of the suspicious nature of the occupants of his taxi.

DSP Morkeh said the police searched the car and saw a bag containing one AK 47 assault rifle with serial number AZ 7437, magazines loaded with 48 rounds of ammunition and 41 rounds of 9mm ammunition.

According to the prosecutor, on seeing the police, the accused person took to his heels and escaped.

He said on August 6, 2013, based on intelligence gathered, Nene Sackitey was arrested at his hideout at Agomenya, Odumasi Krobo.

He admitted the offence in his caution statement.

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