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10.12.2005 Crime & Punishment

Court gives mechanic four years for stealing

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Dormaa-Ahenkro (B/A) Dec. 10 GNA - A circuit court at Dormaa Ahenkro has sentenced Kwame Braimah, an apprentice mechanic to four years imprisonment in hard labour for stealing two car batteries valued at one million cedis.

Barimah, 18, who was convicted upon his own plea of guilty was alleged to have been involved in a busted armed robbery attempt earlier, but was discharged by a high court in Sunyani for lack of evidence. Giving the facts of the case to the court, presided by Mr. Justice Vincent Carl Senu, Inspector Kofi Owusu Takyi said at about 0700 hours on December five this year, a driver went to start a KIA truck belonging to the Presbyterian Church at the Mission House at Dormaa-Ahenkro only to realize that both batteries had been removed.

He said one Mr. Adu Kofi who helped the Church to buy the vehicle was informed and he quickly alerted all car battery dealers in the area about the stolen batteries.

Inspector Takyi said the next day a witness hinted a member of the Community Watch Committee at Yawkrom of spotting the accused discharging two car batteries from the booth of a TICO taxi cab the previous day. The accused was confronted and handed over to military personnel at the Kofi-Badukrom border post where he admitted having stolen the batteries.

The soldiers later brought him to the police at Dormaa Ahenkro.

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