Drama unfolded at a Kumasi Circuit Court on Monday when an 18-year-old telephone cable thief and his father broke down in tears after the court convicted the boy of the offence.
Abubakar Ali, resident of Moshie Zongo in Kumasi, who stole a GH¢4,500 worth of telephone cables belonging to Ghana Telecommunications (GT) had earlier pleaded guilty to the charge but was remanded into prison custody pending sentence to be passed on December 20.
The father, (name withheld) who pleaded with the court amidst tears asked the court for leniency attributing the child's predicament to his failure to take care of the convict.
Giving details to the court, Police Chief Inspector C.K. Fosu told the court, presided over by Madam Wilhelmina Hammond that, the neighbourhood Watch Committee arrested Ali, during their normal patrol duties in the area at about 2am on December 14.
He said Ali was spotted by the team at a distance cutting the cables; they arrested him and handed him over to the police.
In his caution statement, he admitted the offence and was subsequently charged.