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20.10.2008 Crime & Punishment

Dare-devil thief fined GH¢500

By Spectator

A 19-year-old driver's mate who had the rare courage to steal a sheep from a senior military officer's pen at Michel Camp near Tema has been sentenced by the Dodowa District Magistrate Court to a fine of GH¢500 or in default serve 12 months imprisonment in hard labour.

Abdulai Migah, who appeared before the court on Monday, October 13, charged with stealing, was sentenced after he pleaded guilty but asked the court to have mercy and treat him leniently.

When the presiding judge, Mr Yaw Twumasi-Ankrah, asked him why he stole the sheep and what he was going to do with it, Migah said "I don't know why I stole it and what I was going to use it for. I am pleading that the court have mercy on me."

Presenting the facts of the case, Chief Inspector Daniel Owuahene Acheampong, told the court, that at about 2pm on October 9, this month, Abdulai Migah who claimed to be a drivers' mate, went to the pen of a major at Michel Camp and stole a sheep which had just given birth and was tied to the pen.

He said unfortunately for Migah, the Major's wife, Cynthia Abagi Awo9-Bagek who was in her kitchen at the time, saw Migah trying to run away with the sheep and raised an alarm.

According to the prosecutor, some soldiers and civilians present gave Migah a hot chase, arrested him and handed him over to the Afienya Police.

During interrogation, Migah told the police that he went to Michael Camp to see a friend, but did not meet him and was returning when he saw the sheep tied up and decided to free it by untying it.

He claimed the sheep was suffering, but did not know what came upon him before he decided to carry it away.

Source: Spectator