Mason, 21 convicted for stealing 21 bags of cement

The Asante Bekwai Circuit Court has convicted a mason on his own plea for stealing bags of cement. 

Cephas Apoyagra, 24, admitted entering Mr Peter Osei, the complainant’s premise to steal 21 bags of cement and was convicted accordingly. 

 Meanwhile, the court presided over by Mr Mark Tair-ima Diboro deferred the sentence to October 20, 2022. 

Giving the account, Police Chief Inspector Christian Amartey said Mr Osei is constructing his building at Akwaduo New Site, where Apoyagra resided. 

He said on October 2, 2022 after complainant and his co-workers had closed for work, they packed the rest of the 21 bags of cement for safe keeping in one of the rooms of the uncompleted building they were working on.  

Chief Inspector Amartey said after the complainant and his co-workers left the place the convict, Apoyagra hired a tricycle to the place, and loaded the 21 bags of cement into the tricycle and sent them to his uncle’s residence.  

The next day, at about 07:00 hours, the complainant and his co-workers reported for work and detected that the bags of cement had been stolen.  

 Prosecution said the complainant made enquires and was told by a witness in the case that he saw Apoyagra conveying the bags of cement from the uncompleted building.  

Complainant then lodged formal complaint with the police, the court heard.  

Chief Inspector Amartey said on October 4, 2022 complainant arrested the suspect from his hide out and handed him over to the police.  

He said the convict admitted the crime in his caution statement. 

He then led police to retrieve the stolen items.  

Chief Inspector Amartey said after investigation he was arraigned.  -GNA 

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