A 45-year-old man, Kofi Gyan, accused of theft, implicated himself when he told the Accra Circuit Court that what he stole was what the police had recovered from his room.
In response to a trial judge’s question, Gyan, also known as Adamu, indirectly admitted to stealing.
The trial Judge asked Gyan, “Were the items found in your room?”, and Gyan answered: “What I took is what the police collected from my room”.
The response by Gyan made the audience in court laugh, and his counsel, who had applied for bail, bent his head.
Meanwhile, Gyan denied the charges of unlawful entry and two counts of stealing.
He is accused of entering a warehouse and stealing men’s clothing valued at GH¢9,050.
Gyan allegedly also stole other assorted men’s apparel worth GH¢225,070 from the warehouse.
The trial Judge, Mr Isaac Oheneba Kufour, denied Gyan bail and remanded him in police custody until February 21, 2024.
The prosecution named the complainants as Emmanuel Wese and Abigail Darko, traders and residents of Dome and Mile 7, respectively.
The prosecution told the court that Gyan is a resident of Tudu, Accra.
According to the prosecution, the complainants’ warehouses are in Tudu, where Gyan works as a security guard and lives.
The court heard that the complainants reported loss of their goods, including men’s clothing, despite having undamaged locks.
The prosecution said Emmanuel Wese took stock of his warehouse and detected theft of 2,410 assorted men’s wear, totalling GH¢225,070.
The prosecution said Wese asked the owner of an adjacent warehouse to play CCTV footage, which showed Gyan stealing items on several occasions.
The complainants reported the case to the police and Gyan was arrested.
The prosecution said when Gyan’s room was searched, the police discovered 143 menswear worth GH¢13,401, which Wese identified.
The police also retrieved 67 men’s clothing worth GH¢9,050, which Abigail identified as her own. —GNA