Fitter convicted for stealing vehicle

A high court at Koforidua has sentenced a 24-year-old apprentice auto mechanic to a fine of GhȻ2,400 for stealing a vehicle belonging to the Ghana Highways Authority (GHA), at Suhum, in the Eastern Region.

Richard Osafo, also known as Richard Twenefo, in default, will go to jail for 18 months.

He pleaded guilty to the charge of stealing.
Assistant State Attorney, Cyril Boateng Keteku, said that the complainant, Samuel Oyotey Tettey, is an accountant at the GHA, at Suhum, whilst accused is an apprentice auto mechanic, residing at Asokorekuma Pipeline, a suburb of Koforidua, in the region.
The court heard that on September 1, this year, at about 9pm, the complainant reported to the police that a Nissan Patrol vehicle with registration number GV 623-14 belonging to the GHA had been stolen.

According to Mr. Keteku, the complaint said that when he was driving from Suhum to Koforidua, and he reached Abrewa Nkwanta roundabout, near the Effiduase Traffic Light, opposite the Miracle Rock Church, he parked the vehicle with the ignition on, to buy items from a nearby shop.
The court heard that while the driver was inside the shop, Osafo jumped behind the steering wheel of the vehicle and sped off towards the Effiduase Traffic Light.
The Assistant State Attorney said some residents raised the alarm, which drew the attention of the complainant, who reported the case at the Effiduase police station.
Mr Keteku said the police sent wireless messages to personnel at checkpoints in the area, and accused was arrested after he drove into the bumper of a taxi cab at the Koforidua Ghana Commercial Bank.

From Ama Tekyiwaa Ampadu-Nyarko,Koforidua

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