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10.06.2005 Crime & Punishment

Driver, 29, remanded for stealing mobile phone

By GNA

Winneba, June 10, GNA - Kobina Nyame, taxi driver, 29, from Sankor near Winneba has been remanded by a Magistrate's court at Winneba for stealing a NOKIA 1100 mobile phone valued at 2 million cedis. Nyame, who pleaded not guilty, will reappear before the court presided over by Mr Fatau Yakubu on June 21.

Prosecuting Police Chief Inspector William Kwame Akannah told the court that on June 3, this year executive members of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) joined Nyame's taxi from the University College, South Campus to the North for a meeting. He said the complainant received a call while on the way and later alighted at their destination. After the meeting, the complainant who could not find his mobile phone confronted the driver but Nyame denied ever seeing the phone in his car.

A report was made to the police who arrested but Nyame again denied knowledge of it. According to prosecution, Nyame was re-arrested upon information that Nyame had the phone in his possession. The accused, however, admitted the offence and promised to produce the phone, which he did.

His Yakubu in his remarks expressed dismay about the rate at which people in the area had resorted to mobile phone stealing, adding that about 10 mobile phone stealing cases were currently pending before the court. In another development, Gyameshie Kwaku, a mason who allegedly stole a mobile phone from a chop bar keeper at Winneba Junction on September 3, last year has been granted a self- cognisance bail' to re-appear on June 14.

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