Court defers sentencing of 2 accused of looting judge’s residence

The Circuit Court in Hohoe has deferred, the sentencing of two persons accused of stealing from the new residence of a High Court judge, at Hohoe, in the Volta Region.

The court ordered that accused, Tumenyo Charles, 18, a farmer, and Afo Larry, 35-year-old an auto sprayer, should remain in police custody till the adjourned date, July 27, 2022.

The decision by the Court was to enable Tumenyo to assist the police to arrest Desmond, his accomplice, who is at large, and also help retrieve the rest of items that were stolen from the new residence of the Hohoe High Court Judge.

Tumenyo pleaded not guilty with explanation on counts of conspiracy to commit crime, unlawful entry, causing unlawful damage and stealing, but was unable to raise reasonable doubt as to his culpability.

Afo, who also pleaded not guilty with explanation on a count of dishonestly receiving, failed to raise reasonable doubt as to his culpability to the court presided over by Mr Michael Johnson Abbey.

Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Ebenezer Arthur, told the Court that on July 12, this year, the police received information that the newly built residence of the High Court Judge at Hohoe bungalow was broken into by thieves, who made away with some items.

He said when the police proceeded to the place, they saw the door to the room broken into and items stolen.

Chief Insp Arthur said items stolen, included 50-inches Nasco Television set, a double door Nasco fridge, a queen-size mattress, two double bed mattresses, 2.0 HP air-conditioner, sink basin, sanitary ware, microwave and cables used for wiring the house.

Prosecution said when Tumenyo was nabbed at his hideout at Hohoe Gborxome, ahe admitted that he and his accomplice, Desmond, who was on the run, stole the items from the residence.

Chief Insp Arthur told the court that Tumenyo said the items were sold by Afo at Hohoe Zongo.

Prosecution said Tumenyo led the police to Afo’s house, where he was arrested, and the items retrieved from his room.

Chief Insp Arthur said Tumenyo and Afo admitted the offence in their investigation cautioned statements, adding that efforts were underway to arrest Desmond. -GNA

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