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Crime & Punishment Wed, 20 Jan 2016

Carpenter jailed for stealing

A carpenter, who broke into the room of a car dealer and stole a flat screen television set and a laptop at Ashongman, has sentenced to 10 months imprisonment by an Accra Circuit Court.

Emmanuel K. Mensah is alleged to have told a witness, who saw the action, that it was the complainant, Mr Frank Kusi, who had asked him (accused) to collect the items.

Charged with unlawful entry, causing damage and stealing, Mensah at the last sitting, denied the offences.

However, when he appeared in Court today, Mensah changed his plea and was convicted by the Court presided by Ms Patricia Quansah.

On the charges of unlawful entry and causing damage, the Court sentenced Mensah to a fine of 3,600 each.

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On the charge of stealing, Mensah was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment and sentences are to run concurrently.

Prosecuting Chief Inspector Francis Tarsan told the Court that the complainant, Mr Kusi resides at Ashongman whilst the accused resides at Aburi.

He said Mensah entered complainant’s premises in his absence and used a pinch bar and screw driver to break into Mr Kusi’s room and made away with the television set valued at GH?3,648.00 and a laptop worth GH?622.00.

As soon as Mensah brought the items out, a witness quizzed him on where he was sending the items.

Mensah told the witness that it was the complainant, who had asked him to come for the items.

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The witness who doubted Mensah’s claims then called the complainant on his phone and sensing danger, Mensah bolted and left behind the stolen items and his motor bike.

Chief Inspector Tarsan said Mensah later took cover in the area and then sent a school boy to bring him the motor bike parked in Mr Kusi's house.

The complainant, who had then returned home, accosted the school boy who took him to where the accused was hiding.

Mensah was arrested by the Police and during interrogation, he demonstrated how he broke into the complainant’s room.

Source: GNA