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03.01.2007 General News

Ex-GT Staff Jailed For Cable Theft

By Godfrey K. Nyanney, Takoradi
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A Takoradi Circuit Court has sentenced a former labourer of Ghana Telecom to three years imprisonment for stealing 50 pieces of telephone cables belonging to Ghana Telecom.

The court, presided over by Justice C.K. Koomson, sentenced the accused Daniel Quayson after pleading guilty to two counts of causing unlawful damage and stealing. He however pleaded not guilty to a third count of unlawful entry.

Deputy Superintendent of Police, Afful Boakye-Yiadom prosecuting told the court that Quayson was arrested on December 13, 2006 by a witness in the case and two others who saw him trying to hide the stolen cable in a bush.

The three people were combing a bush near New Takoradi for a missing mobile phone when they saw the accused hiding under a tree with 10 pieces of the cables.

He said Quayson's posture, aroused the suspicions of the three who questioned him about the cables but he could not provide any convincing answers. He was therefore arrested and handed over to the police in Takoradi.

However, the police said the three men informed the police later that when they resumed the search for the missing phone, another 40 pieces of the cables were discovered hidden in the bush.
Mr Boakye-Yiadom said the accused in his caution statement to the police, admitted cutting the cables at the backyard of Ghana Telecom at Takoradi.