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29.10.2008 Crime & Punishment

Student Jailed For Forging Admission Documents

By gna

The Kumasi Circuit Court Two on Wednesday sentenced Stephen Opoku Agyemang, 21, to 12 months' imprisonment for forging documents to gain admission to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

Agyemang, who pleaded guilty, was convicted on his own plea.

The Court, presided over by Mr Eric Baah, said it considered the plea of Counsel for mitigation, because Agyemang had undergone surgery recently and expressed the hope that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to others.

Police Chief Inspector Janet Oseiwaah, prosecuting, told the Court that Agyemang applied for admission to the University for 2008/09 academic year.

She said Agyemang managed to enter the University without being caught but that luck eluded him while he was processing his identification card on October 1, 2008.

The Prosecutor explained that, the information on the admission forms contradicted that on the University's computer leading to his arrest.

During investigation, it was revealed that, Agyemang impersonated another student, Stephen Agyeman Opoku, who applied for Human Biology but diverted to offer Engineering Science instead, Chief Inspector Oseiwaah said.

Agyemang confessed in his caution statement and said one Ernest Yeboah processed the forms for him for a fee of 300 Ghana Cedis.