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22.01.2010 Crime & Punishment

Court remands labourer for theft

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Kumasi, Jan. 21, GNA - The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) Circuit Court, has ordered that a 19-year-old labourer should be held in prison custody for stealing 14 boxes of louvre blades valued at GH¢3,360.

Rashid Seidu pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful entry and stealing but the Court deferred his punishment to Monday, January 25, to allow for further police investigation.

The accused insists he took 14 louvre blades but not boxes.

Police Chief Inspector Mary Nana Adwoa Affanyi told the Court presided over by Mr Justice Adjei Frimpong that at about 2200 hours on November 11, last year, the accused broke into the store of the complainant, Mr Kwadwo Tawiah and made away with 14 boxes of the louvre blades.

He gave the stolen items to one Ketu, who in turn arranged with a witness in the case for sale at GH¢240.

Seidu and his accomplice succeeded in selling the stolen items to a buyer from Accra who later went to the complainant's store to make additional purchase.

Police Chief Inspector Affanyi said the buyer, carried some of the stolen louvre blades to Mr Tawiah's store who was able to identify them.

When he questioned the man, he led him to the source, where Seidu and Ketu were mentioned.

Seidu was arrested but Ketu managed to escape.

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