Unpublished: Kasapreko concoction trader granted bail

The Accra Fast Track High Court today granted bail to a Kumasi-based trader who allegedly prepares concoctions for sale as Kasapreko Alomo bitters.

The court presided over by Justice Habib Logoh granted Emmanuel Baffour Awuah, bail in ths sum of GHc 60,000 with two sureties. As part of the bail condition, the two sureties must be based in Accra.

He pleaded not guilty two counts of applying false trade descriptions to goods contrary to Section 26(i)(a) of the Trades Mark Act (Act 664 of 2004) and possession of forged alcoholic beverage for sale  contrary to Section 26(2)(a) of the Trades Mark Act.
He is to reappear on April 14, 2014.

Making a case for his client’s release on bail, Mr Ellis Quarshigah, said the accused person was a responsible family man who would appear before the court anytime his court date was due.
“My Lord, anytime the accused person is wanted by the court, we’ll make sure, he appears before you,” the lawyer said before apologising to the court for the inability of his client to appear before the court on previous hearing dates.

“His absent was not to disrespect the court but rather because he was financially handicap. He has to travel from Kumasi to Accra for the trial,” he explained.

Facts of the case
The facts of the case, according to Ms Elizabeth Sackeyfio, a State Attorney were the accused person was a trader and lived at Asante Amanfrom in the Ashanti Region.

The accused person prepares a concoction which he bottled as Kasapreko Alomo bitters. On November 15, 2012, the intelligence unit of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) went to the shop of the accused where he was met preparing the concoctions.

She said a search in the shop revealed eight cartons of Kasapreko Alomo Bitters, one carton of empty bottles, two tanks filled with tree barks and water used in preparing the concoction.

He allegedly told the police that he sold the fake products to distributors who in turn sell them to consumers.

“The concoctions were sent to the Ghana Standards Authority and the report disclosed that the faked Kasapreko could not have been produced from the same factory as the authentic product.

He was subsequently charged and put before the court for trial.

Writer's email: seth.bokpe@graphic.com.gh

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