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30.03.2017 Crime & Punishment

Self-professed pastor jailed over theft

By GNA
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By C.M. Boaten, GNA
Nsuta (Ash), Mar 30, GNA - A self-professed pastor has been sentenced to six months imprisonment by the Nsuta Circuit Court over the theft of items and cash belonging to two ladies, who had gone to pray at the Atwea Mountain in the Sekyere Central District.

Kwame Baah-Wiredu, who pleaded guilty to the crime, was also ordered to pay a fine of GH¢2,400.00 or spend additional 24 months in jail.

Police Chief Inspector Nana Boamah told the court, presided over by Ms. Lydia Osei Marfo, that the incident happened on March 21, at about 1700 hours.

The victims - Ms. Petronas Owusu-Achiaw, and Ms. Sandra Acquaye, both members of the Calvary Charismatic Church in Tema, had joined other people to pray to God on the Mountain, a sacred place for Christians.

The prosecution said the convict had pretended to be there for same purpose.

The pair left their rooms to offer prayers to God at about 2300 hours and returned only to find their valuables - gold ring, bracelet, driver license and cash of GH¢795.00 stolen.

Their suspicion, was heightened when they detected that the convict had vanished from the place and the caretakers were informed about the theft.

Baah-Wiredu re-surfaced two days later and when confronted by the caretakers, he confessed to the crime and was handed over to the police.

In his caution statement, he admitted stealing from the victims but insisted the cash involved was GH¢503.50 and he also had nothing to do with the missing gold ring and the other items.

GNA

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