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17.02.2009 Crime & Punishment

Mason jailed for stealing water-pumping machine


A circuit court at Asamankese in the Eastern Region, on Tuesday sentenced Kwaku Afatsawu, a 25-year-old mason, to six months imprisonment for stealing a water-pumping machine.

He pleaded guilty.
Police Chief Inspector Kate Ogyiri, told the court that Afatsawu obtained the machine that valued GH C505 from the complainant under the pretext of hiring it on behalf of a contractor but sold it at 80 Ghana cedis.

Prosecution said sometime last year, Afatsawu led a contractor to the complainant to hire the machine for a project.

Chief Insp. Ogyiri said the contractor returned the pumping machine to the complaisant after completing the work.

Prosecution said in June last year, Afatsawu again went to the complainant and collected the machine under the pretext of hiring it for the contractor.

Chief Insp. Ogyiri told the court that when complainant verified the deal, the contractor denied knowledge of any such transaction.

Prosecution said on January 20 this year, when complainant spotted Afatsawu at Adeiso and raised the alarm, he was assisted by some people to arrest the convict.

Chief Insp. Ogyiri said during interrogation, Afatsawu admitted the offence and said he had sold the machine to somebody at Nankes.

Prosecution said even though Afatsawu could not locate the buyer of the machine, it has been retrieved.