Crime & Punishment of Saturday, 24 August 2013
Source: Daily Guide
A Nigerian phone dealer was yesterday hauled before an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly stealing a Nissan Primera saloon vehicle parked at the Sadisco traffic light at Kokomlemle in Accra.
The accused person, Gabriel Ogwuu, and one Akubo Samson, a computer engineer, who bought a stolen modem valued GH¢65.00 from Gabriel were charged with stealing and dishonestly receiving respectively at the court presided over by Ellen Amoah.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the offences. The lawyers for the accused persons had pleaded with the court to grant them bail because they were not going to impede police investigation.
The judge after their submission granted Gabriel and Akubo bail in the sum of GH¢10,000 and GH¢200 with sureties respectively.
The court ordered the two to deposit their passports with the registrar of the court and further adjourned the matter to September 9.
The prosecutor, Chief Inspector Jubiok Michaels, stated that the complainant is a graphic designer residing at Kokomlemle. The two accused persons are Nigerians.
He narrated that on September 30, 2012 the complainant parked his Nissan Primera car with registration number GR 5021 U at a spot near the Sadisco traffic light and went to bed.
The following day, the complainant realized that the car had been stolen and lodged a complaint with the Nima Divisional CID.
According to the prosecutor, on December 6, 2012 at about 1:30pm, the complainant again came to the Nima Divisional CID with Akubo and reported to the police that his Expresso modem which was in the car that was stolen had been found with Akubo.
When Akubo was interrogated, he allegedly told the police that he bought the modem at Kwame Nkrumah Circle from Gabriel.
Akubo reportedly led the Police to Circle where Gabriel was arrested. In his caution statement, Gabriel allegedly admitted selling the modem to Akubo for GH¢25.00. He also stated that he bought it from someone else but he could not identify the person. He denied knowledge of the theft.
However, the Attorney-General’s Department advised that both of them should be charged with the various offences after a duplicate docket was forwarded to it.