Charcoal burner gets 36 months for stealing

The Enchi District Magistrate Court has sentenced a 29-year-old charcoal burner to 36 months imprisonment, in hard labour, for causing unlawful damage and stealing.

Kwame Azumah, who resides at Dadwen in the Jomoro District, pleaded guilty to all the two counts, and the court convicted him on his own plea, and sentenced him accordingly.

Azumah, was recently jailed by the same court for committing a similar offence.

The presiding magistrate, Mr Eric Baah Boateng said the judgement was to serve as a deterrent to others.

Prosecuting, Detective Sergeant Hackman Richard Addae, told the court that the complainant, Kingsley Moro, is a teacher, who lives in Kwawu in the Aowin Municipality in the Western North Region, while the convict resides in Dadwen.

The court heard that on 26 January, 2019, at about 11pm, the complainant parked his Haojin star motorcycle with registration M-17-AS-1518 in his house.

Sgt Addae said, Moro woke up the next day and noticed his motorcycle was missing.

He indicated that the victim reported the case to the Boniso Police, and they alerted their counterparts in the Elubo area to be on the lookout for any such motorcycle.

Sgt Addae said while the police were on patrol duties, an informant hinted them that the convict was seen pushing a motorcycle to Pataase, a suburb of Elubo.

He said the police went to Pataase and arrested Azumah with the motorcycle, and escorted him to the police station.

Sgt Addae said the police realised the ignition key and the petrol tank cap of the motorcycle had been destroyed.

He said the convict was later handed over to the Boniso police for further investigation, and he admitted the offence in his caution statement. – GNA 

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