Couple jailed 25 years for stealing GH¢712,229 goods

A businessman aggressively chal­lenged a Circuit Court judge for sentencing him to 15 years im­prisonment for conspiracy to steal, abetment of crime and money laundering.

After the judgement was deliv­ered, Frank Kwesi Obeng report­edly removed his shirt, walked aggressively towards the judge, and asked “please do you know me somewhere, why have you given me 15 years jail term?”

But, the prosecutor and a court warrant officer intervened and led the judge, Mrs Evelyn Asamoah to her chambers, and Obeng was escorted out of the courtroom bare-cheated and without his sandals.

Also in the dock was Joyce Sa­fowaa, wife of Obeng, an accom­plice, who was also found guilty on the charges of conspiracy to steal, abetment of crime and stealing GH¢712,229 belonging Mavis Toffan, the complainant.

Safowaa is to serve 10 years imprisonment, to which she shouted amidst tears “God, I am dreaming!”

The court ordered that all land­ed property and a Toyota Venza believed to have been acquired through the crime proceeds be given to the complainant.

Additionally, the judge ordered that goods in a shop belonging to the convicts be released to the complainant and the convicts are to refund the complainant’s GH¢712,229 to her.

The prosecution, led by As­sistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Emmanuel Haligah said the complainant, was a businesswom­an, residing at Accra.

According to ASP Haligah, the complainant is the proprietress of MAVOBED Enterprise, dealers in children’s clothes and babies’ accessories, who also owned a store at Okaishie and a warehouse for keeping goods.

ASP Haligah said Safowaa and Obeng, who were lovers, resided in Accra.

The prosecution said Safowaa was employed by the complainant as a salesperson in her shop for the past 13 years.

According to the prosecution, Safowaa was also responsible for conveying goods from the ware­house to the store.

ASP Haligah said Obeng rented a store at Weija and convinced with Safowaa to steal from the complainant’s store and warehouse to establish their own store.

The prosecution said Safowaa ordered goods in the name of the complainant, which were also diverted into their store at Weija.

ASP Haligah told the court that in 2015, Obeng used part of the proceeds from the sale of the complainant’s goods to rent anoth­er store at Kasoa at GH¢45,000.

The court heard that the couple closed the Weija shop and transferred the goods to the Kasoa store.

ASP Haligah said Obeng used part of the proceeds to buy a Toyota Venza ve­hicle at a cost of GH¢45,000 and land at McCarthy Hill at a cost of GH¢10,500.

Prosecution said when Toffan took stock of goods in the ware­house and store, she realised that she was in debt of GH¢600,000.

ASP Haligah said Toffan report­ed the case to the police and when Safowaa and Obeng were arrested, they admitted the offences in their investigations caution statement.

The prosecution said the complainant led the police to the couple’s shop and identified GH¢80,000 worth of goods, with some of the goods embossed with the name of the complainant.

ASP Haligah said the com­plainant produced receipts cover­ing goods, to buttress her claim of the theft, but the couple could not produce any documents in respect of any purchase.

 The prosecution said an inventory of goods at the Kasoa shop was taken, and an audit report revealed that between the year 2013 and 2018, Safowaa and her lover stole goods worth GH¢712,229 from Toffan’s store and warehouse

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