4 Farmers Convicted For GH¢200,000 Theft

An Accra Circuit Court, presided over by M. E. Essandoh last Thursday gave four farmers, a total of 16 years imprisonment for stealing GH¢200,00 belonging to a businessman.

The convicts would serve four years each, for conspiracy and four years each for stealing, to run concurrently.

Alhaji Abudu, Wahabu Tia, Issah Yidana and Gafaru Iddrisu pleaded not guilty to both charges but were found guilty by the court, after trial.

The court ordered the police to return all the retrieved items to the complainant and ordered each convict to compensate him with GH¢20,000.

The complainant, according to the prosecution, a businessman residing at Madina who sells rice at the Madina market, while the convicts and an accomplice, Waliu, now at large are all farmers from Wungu, a suburb of Walewale in the Northern Region.

Prosecution said in October 2012, the complainant employed the convicts as casual store assistants. The complainant keeps his daily sales in his safe in the store, before sending it to the bank.

It said the complainant kept daily sales amountin of GH¢200,000 in the safe.

On November 9, 2012, when he decided to send the money to the bank, he discovered that the safe had been broken, and the whole amount stolen.

By then the four convicts and Waliu, who had reported for work, had vanished and  failed to answer calls.

Complainant suspected them to be responsible for the theft and reported the case to the Madina Police who had information from Walewale that the convicts were  spending extravagantly there.

The police proceeded to Walewale on November 30, 2012 and the next day, the four were arrested.

The convicts, in their caution statements, admitted the offence and said they conspired and planted Wahabu in the store on November 8,  after closing before the complainant locked the store with him (Wahabu) inside.

Wahabu is said to have forced the safe open and packed the money into an empty key soap carton. The following day when they came to work and the complainant opened the store as usual, the accused persons rushed in to join their partner, Wahabu and escaped with the money to Walewale, where they shared it. —GNA

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