15.05.2005 Crime & Punishment

Ex-convict sentenced to six months imprisonment

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Kumasi, May 15, GNA - A 32-year-old houseboy who had earlier been convicted for stealing and was made to sign a bond to be of good behaviour did not "go and sin no more". This time, recalcitrant Prosper Kofi Opoku-Mensah has been given a harsher sentence of six months imprisonment in hard labour for stealing items worth over 48 million cedis belonging to Mr Augustine Opoku, a contractor, who had employed him as a houseboy at his residence at Atasemanso in Kumasi.

Prosper was convicted on his own plea of guilty on charges of unlawful entry and stealing.

According to prosecution on February 12, Prosper took advantage of the absence of his employer and his wife, broke into four rooms at their residence and stole items valued at 48 million cedis. Investigations by the police led to his arrest and an amount of 42 million cedis and other foreign currencies found on him at the time of his arrest has been given to Mr Opoku.

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