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20.03.2008 Crime & Punishment

Palm wine taper jailed for stealing mobile phone

By GNA
Sekondi, March 20, GNA - A Sekondi District Magistrate's Court on Thursday sentenced Emmanuel Asare, a palm wine taper, to six months' imprisonment in hard labour for stealing a mobile phone valued at GH¢18.00 belonging to a student.
Asare pleaded guilty.
Prosecuting, Police Sergeant Godwin Bawa said Asare, one Gabriel Tetteh, a farmer and Patrick Abram, the student and owner of the phone, were all resident at Mpohor.
He said at about 1630 hours on March 14 this year, Asare went to the house of Abram and saw the mobile phone lying on a chair.
Sgt Bawa said realising that there was nobody around, Asare took the phone and left the house.
He said on detecting that his phone was missing, Abram used another phone to dial his number several times but it was switched it off.
Sgt Bawa said Asare went to a nearby village with the stolen phone and coincidentally encountered one Tetteh who had also lost his mobile phone and demanded to search him.
During the search Tetteh retrieved Abram's phone from Asare's pocket and switched it on.
Sgt Bawa said not long after Tetteh switched on the phone, Abram called and Tetteh told him where to find them.
He said Abram and Tetteh took Asare to the Police Station where he admitted stealing Abram's phone.
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