2 jailed 40yrs for robbing church

The Nsuta Circuit Court, presided over by Mr. Emma-nuel Ekow Mensah on Thursday, convicted two people for stealing a generator and video deck valued GH¢2,000 from Bonkrong  Ebenezer Methodist Church, near  Nsuta in the Sekyere Central District to a total of 20 years imprisonment each.

The convicts, Gabriel Adjei  Donkor, 40, and Kwaku Collins, 24, were charged with four counts of conspiracy to steal, causing unlawful damage, unlawful entry and stealing.

They pleaded guilty to all the four counts and were sentenced to  three years,  three years, four years and 10 years each respectfully for each count. They are to serve concurrently for 10 years each.

The third person, Kwaku Baah,41, who was charged for dishonestly receiving,  pleaded guilty to the charge and was convicted to a fine of GH¢2,400 or in default, two years imprisonment.

Chief Inspector Nana Boamah, the prosecutor, told the court that the complainant in the case was Joseph Ofori Appiah, the steward of Bonkrong Ebenezer Methodist Church.

He said on December 14, 2014, at about 5.30 a.m. the steward went to the church only to discover that the padlock to the entrance of the church had been forcibly opened, and the generator and the video deck belonging to the church taken away.

He said a complaint was made to the police and after investigations the first two suspects were arrested, and admitted stealing the items in their caution statements.

Chief Inspector Nana Boamah said on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, the first accused person, Adjei Donkor, led the police to Ayigya near Kumasi where the third accused person Kwaku Baah, was arrested for dishonestly receiving.

He said Kwaku Baah admitted buying the generator for GH¢450 but paid GH¢350 leaving a balance of GH¢100 to be paid later. The generator which has been repainted, was retrieved from him.

GNA

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