Court orders arrest of magistrate for multiple sale of land
An Accra Circuit Court on Tuesday ordered the arrest of a former juvenile court magistrate who was allegedly involved in multiple sale of land.
Anna Jane Ghartey failed to appear before the court when the case was called.
The court presided over by Mr. Iddrisu Mahamadu therefore issued a bench warrant for her arrest.
Anna’s accomplice Samuel Aidoo, a contractor was however present.
The two are being held for conspiracy, two counts of defrauding by false pretences, forgery of documents and altering forged documents.
They have pleaded not guilty and have been granted bail by a previous court.
The case as presented by Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mary Agbozo said the complainant is Professor Joseph Adjaye, who resides in the US.
Some time in December 2006, Anna sold a parcel of land to the complainant for 110 million old Ghana cedis (GH¢11,000).
Anna claimed the land belonged to one Rose Agbo who had instructed her to sell the land on her behalf.
Prosecution said soon after the sale, Anna prepared documents in respect of the land and gave it to the complainant.
In August 2007, Anna sold another land to the complainant for GH¢7,000 but when the complainant went to develop the land, he was prevented by another developer.
Prosecution said documents prepared on the said plots were later found to be forged.
Anna promised to replace the two parcels of land but she failed.
Prosecution said Anna also failed to refund the complainant’s money.