Alfred Aryee, an artist, has appeared before an Accra Circuit Court for conspiracy to commit crime and causing unlawful damage.
He pleaded not guilty and was granted a bail of GH¢20,000.00 with two sureties to reappear on October 9.
Police Inspector Issac Dedoo told the Court that the complainant Justice Sedziafa is a businessman and lives together with the accused at Dansoman Ebenezer down.
He said Alfred conspired with ten others, now at large, to unlawfully cause damage to a GH¢25,500.00 three bedroom house under construction.
Inspector Dedoo said the complainant legally owned a plot of land at Ebenezer down near the residence of the accused who also claimed ownership of the same plot.
He said on December 27 2012, at about 1300 hours while workers were busily working on the house, a group of heavily-built men numbering about ten, with hammers and other tools arrived on board a pick up vehicle, led by the accused and took the complainant’s workers hostage.
Inspector Dedoo said the men seized the tools of the workers and caused damage to the building which was at the lintel level and with this they left the scene.
He said the next day, December 28, Michael Sedziafa, a son of the complainant and a witness in the case visited the scene, and saw the accused and one of the accomplices saying “we do not want the building to be put up here”.
Inspector Dedoo said a report was made to the police and when the accused was arrested he admitted litigating over the plot of land with the complainant, but denied knowledge of the damage.