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27.03.2009 Crime & Punishment

Student jailed for stealing provisions

By gna

Kofi Adjei, a student, who broke into a store and stole a quantity of provisions has been sent to prison for 12 months in hard labour by the Kade District Magistrate Court.

Kwasi Agyei, unemployed who faced a charge of dishonestly receiving some of the stolen items was fined GH C500 or in default go to prison for nine months in hard labour.

They both pleaded not guilty.
Police Inspector Francis Cobbina, prosecuting, told the court presided over by Mr Kwaku Baah Frimpong that on January 24 this year at Kade the complainant, Kwaku Badu, went to his provisions store at about 0620 hours and found that the door had been forcibly opened.

He said when the complainant entered the store, he realized that it had been ransacked and a careful observation revealed that a quantity of provisions had been stolen.

The prosecutor said when the complainant conducted his own investigations; he had information that Kofi Adjei was seen with a sack, the contents, which were suspected to be stolen items heading towards a river in the company of some people.

The complainant quickly mobilized some men and headed towards the river and when Kofi Adjei and his accomplices from their hide out saw the people approaching, they took to their heels but Kwasi Adjei was caught.

When the hide out was searched, some items believed to have been stolen from somewhere else by the convicts were found.

During interrogation, Kwasi Adjei denied being involved in the theft but said it was Kofi Adjei and three other accomplices, now at large, who committed the offence.

Kwasi Adjei said he was present during the sharing of the booty and he was given some of the items.

On January 29, Kofi Adjei was arrested and on interrogation admitted the offence and mentioned three others now at large as his accomplices.

Inspector Cobbina said the police were making efforts to arrest those on the run.