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15.01.2006 Crime & Punishment

Five years with hard labour for stealing car tape


Kumasi, Jan 15, GNA - Eric Aheto, a carpenter described by the police as a terror at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) was on Friday sentenced to five years imprisonment in hard labour for stealing a car tape belonging to a researcher at the university.

The convict is also facing other charges of robbery and inflicting a cut on one Janet Tetteh, a librarian at the KNUST when he attempted to snatch her mobile phone.

His plea in the second case was not taken and was remanded in prison custody pending advice from the Attorney General's Department and re-appear on January 27.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) William Awuvey told the court that the accused, an ex-convict, had been terrorizing resident at the campus.

He said on October 16 last year, Aheto broke into a private car belonging to Mr Agyemang Badu, the researcher, which was parked on the campus.

DSP Awuvey said the next morning when Mr Badu came to move his car, which he locked the previous night found Aheto sleeping in it with the car tape on his lap.

He said the complainant therefore woke him up, arrested and handed him over to the KNUST police where he admitted breaking into the car and removing the tape as well as causing damage and stealing various items from the bungalows on the campus.