2 Jailed 14 Years For GH¢7,930 Cable Theft

Two people were yesterday sentenced to a total of 14 years imprisonment in hard labour for stealing cables worth GH¢7,930 belonging to Vodafone Ghana Limited.

Jibril Kassim, 31, a scrap dealer and Nsor Alfred, 31, a mason, both residents of Adenta, Accra, pleaded guilty to the charges of unlawful damage, unlawful entry and stealing, contrary to Sections 172 and 152 of Act 29/60 and were convicted accordingly.

They are said to have broken the fence wall of the warehouse where the cables were kept and stolen them.

Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Jubiok Michaels told the court, presided over by Mr. Francis Obiri, that the complainants were members of the Community Watch Committee of Adenta.

On June 28, at 2 am, one of the members (name withheld) spotted the convicts rolling some cables close to the warehouse.

The complainant, got suspicious and confronted them, but they told him the cables, were given to them by one of the security guards of the warehouse.

Dissatisfied with their answers, complainant phoned the leader of the Community Watch and informed him of what he saw, but before they could get to the scene, the convicts had left, leaving the cables, behind.

The team then kept convicts under surveillance, and at exactly 3:30 a.m., Kassim and Alfred returned to the scene in a taxi and started packing the cables into it.

The complainants, who were close by, sprang up and arrested them with their booty and handed them over to the police.

During investigations, it was detected that the convicts damaged the fence wall to gain access to the warehouse.

Passing sentence, Mr. Obiri expressed worry at the rate of cable stefts, saying in such situations, the company often passed the cost of such losses to innocent costumers.

He said, he took into consideration the fact that the convicts were family men, and first offenders and therefore decided to deal leniently with them.

By Malik Sullemana

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