Driver jailed 1 day for stealing transformer accessories

A 30-year-old driver was on Saturday, given a day’s jail-term by an Accra Magistrate’s Court for stealing transformer accessories valued at GH¢25,000 at Piabor, near Nsawam.

Kwame Ayamga was sentenced after serving three months on remand.

The accused was also made to sign a 12-months bond of good behaviour and in default, would serve three years in prison.

He and one Red, who is at large, allegedly caused damage to an 11 KV transformer and stole copper cables from it.

Kwame was charged with causing damage and stealing.

Presenting the facts of the case to the court, presided over by Worlanyo Kotoku, the manager in-charge of prosecution at ECG, Paul Abariga, said, the accused, Kwame Ayamga, is an unemployed driver, who lived at Commet Estates near Kwabenya.

He said on March 17, 2016, at about 6:45 a.m.,the Police National Highway Patrol team received information that a gang suspected to have stolen some items were discharging and concealing them at a site behind the Accra Mall.

Mr.Abariga said, the patrol team went to the scene and arrested  Ayamga, who was in possession of the copper cables, spanners and cutters, but his accomplice managed to run away.

He said upon investigations, it was established that the accused dismantled an ECG transformer at Piabor and extracted the cables from it.

The prosecutor said the accused maintained, during investigations, that he was enticed to commit the crime, by “Red”, who is at large.

Mr. Abariga, further added that Ayamga revealed that they were four, but was not in the position to disclose the hideout of his accomplices.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme

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