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15.10.2008 Crime & Punishment

Tractor operator convicted for stealing

By gna

A 27 year-old tractor operator was on Monday convicted for stealing a 40-feet container, two packets of roofing sheets and a quantity of ply wood all valued GH¢2,327 belonging to a businessman.

Solomon Sakyi, who pleaded guilty with explanation said, he needed money to expand his business thus, he was convicted on his own plea but sentence was deferred till October 20 this year.

However, one Boateng, whom he claimed to have dishonestly received some of the items, was arrested by the Police when he appeared in court, and he is yet to be arraigned.

Prosecuting, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Doris Amewu told the Court presided over by Mr D. P. W. Amedior that, Mr Owusu Ansah, the complainant last three years deposited his container, roofing sheets and plywood on a land belonging to the Railways Company at Aboabo in Kumasi.

She said the workers' Union later conveyed the items to their work site at Adum which compelled the complainant to go for them but could not afford the transport fare hence he left to come back for them later.

ASP Amewu noted that in June this year, the complainant went to the site for the items but to his dismay, they were nowhere to be found thereby reporting it to the Railways Police whose investigation led to the arrest of Sakyi.

In his caution statement, he admitted the offence and claimed he had sold the container to a man and a woman whose names he did not know but could identify.

Police investigations led to the arrest of the said man.