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29.07.2005 Crime & Punishment

Court remands truck pushers for refusing to answer questions

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Kumasi, July 29, GNA - Two truck pushers, who refused to answer questions when they appeared before a Kumasi circuit court last Wednesday, were remanded in prison custody. Yaw Aniah, 21 and Asowor Angina Atia, 19, pleaded guilty to conspiracy, unlawful entry and stealing and will re-appear on August 10.

The court, presided over by Mr Essel Mensah, tried to consider the pleas of the accused by granting them bail but the whisper of Yaw Aniah to Asowor not to explain anything to the court, force the judge to remand them in prison custody.

Prosecuting, Police Chief Inspector Joseph Odjidja told the court that on May 20, this year, George Asumadu, the complainant, who sells cassettes at Adum, closed at about 1730 hours, locked his door to his shop and left for his house. He said, however, that, the next morning the complainant got to his shop only to find out that it had been broken into through the ceiling and an amount of 9.4 million cedis stolen.

Chief Inspector Odjidja said after his own investigations, the complainant had a tip-off that the accused persons and others now at large were seen entering the shop. A formal complaint, he said was therefore lodged at the Central Police Station and the accused were arrested. The prosecution said during interrogation, Asowor mentioned Aniah as the one who planned with others to steal the money, while Aniah also implicated Asowor in the crime.