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26.11.2007 Crime & Punishment

Mason fined GH¢1,000 for stealing GH¢210

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A mason who broke into a room and stole GH¢210 has been fined GH¢1,000 by a circuit court at Asamankese.

In default, Kwaku Amaning who pleaded guilty will go to prison for 30 months in hard labour.

Police Chief Inspector C.D. Bruce, told the court presided over by Mr Kofi Akrowiah that Amaning took advantage of the complainant's absence from the house for work to break in and steal the money.

He said on November 8, this year, the complainant, Ohemeng Mintah, a Research Assistant at the University of Ghana Agricultural Research Centre at Okumaning left the house for work.

At about 1500 hours, Amaning went to the house of the complainant and told a tenant that the complainant had asked him to repair his window.

He said the tenant who was then working in her shop in front of the house allowed Amaning to enter the house.

About an hour later, she came to the house and found the complaint's window forced open with the main door ajar, but the accused was nowhere to be found.

The complainant returned from work and found out that his room had been ransacked and GH¢210 he had kept in the room had been stolen.

The prosecution said the complainant suspected Amaning as the one who had broken into his room to steal his money.

A report was then made to the police and Amaning was arrested.

When he was searched, an amount of 30 Ghana Cedis and a Nokia mobile phone was found on him.

Upon interrogation, he admitted having stolen only 100 Ghana cedis out of which he used GH¢80 to buy the mobile phone.

The Judge ordered that the mobile phone and the 30 Ghana cedis found on Amaning should be given to the complainant.