‘Galamsey’ operator jailed for escaping from police custody

The Tarkwa Circuit Court last Thursday sentenced Kelvin Orlando, a 21 year-old ‘galamsey’ operator, to two years imprisonment for escaping from police custody at Tarkwa. He pleaded guilty.

Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Oscar Amponsah, told the court presided by Mr. Justice Obeng Asante, that the complainants were Corporal Francis Tawiah and Constable Adama Seidu of the Central Police Station, Tarkwa, while the accused was arrested and detained by the Railways Police in connection with a stealing case.

According to the prosecutor, while in custody pending investigations, he escaped, but was arrested.

He said Orlando’s behaviour became a treat to the police and was therefore transferred to the Central Police cells to appear before court the next day.

Chief Inspector Amponsah said on October 5, the convict and three other inmates,  Godwin Aligah, Ebenezer Yankey and Joe Kpofoh, escaped from custody by damaging the cell iron rods valued at GH¢300.

The complainants ontheir routine checks detected that the inmates had escaped and reported the incident to their superior officers and a search party was organised to hunt and arrest them.

On November 22, the police upon a tip-off, arrested Orlando at his hide-out, near Nsueam in the Western Region.

Chief Inspector Amponsah said convict admitted the offence during interrogation and mentioned the other three suspects who are at large as those he conspired with to commit the crime.

In another development, a convict serving a two-year jail-term had his sentence extended by one year in hard labour for escaping from lawful custody.

Daniel Koffie, and eight other prisoners at the Amanfrom Camp Prison, were escorted to carry fuel wood from a farm, but he escaped on June 28, but was recaptured 13 days later, at Akropong.

He pleaded guilty to the offence, when he appeared before a Kumasi Circuit Court, presided over by Mrs. Afia Adu-Amankwaah.

Chief Inspector Comfort Baffour Kyei said Koffie had earlier been convicted for stealing.


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