08.08.2005 Crime & Punishment

Watchman jailed for stealing from a Judge

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Accra, Aug. 8, GNA - A watchman who sneaked into a room of a Judge and stole various currencies and personal belongings was on Monday sentenced to nine years' imprisonment with hard labour by a Circuit Court in Accra.

Kwame Isaac Anyape Ibrahim charged with unlawful entry and stealing 1,300 dollars, 500 Euros, 31.4 million cedis, two gold necklaces and 24 pieces of compact disc, pleaded guilty.

The case as presented by Chief Inspector Ben Darfour was that the complainant was Mr Justice Richard Asamoah, a Judge at the Court of Appeal.

Chief Inspector Darfour said about two years ago, the Judge was transferred from Kumasi to Accra and was putting up in an uncle's apartment at East Legon together with the convict, who was then the caretaker of the house.

Prosecution said in his first year of stay, the complainant left his keys with Ibrahim but noticed theft in his room but Ibrahim denied any knowledge.

On July 27, this year at about 1400 hours the Judge went to see some friend off leaving Ibrahim in the house.

The Judge on his return found that 1,000 dollars, one million cedis had been stolen but the door to his room had not been tampered with and Ibrahim was no where to be found.

A report was made to the Police and the following day, Ibrahim was arrested.

Prosecution said a duplicate key belonging to the Complainant was retrieved from Ibrahim during a search. During Police interrogation, the accused admitted going to the complainant's room once.

According to Ibrahim, he only took 300,000 cedis but denied stealing 1,300 dollars, 500 Euros, 31.4 million cedis, two gold necklaces and the 24 Compact Disc, which had been missing for the past two years. 8 Aug. 05

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