Crime & Punishment of Friday, 13 September 2013
Source: Graphic Online
An Accra circuit court, presided over by Ms Wilhemina Hammond, has sentenced a houseboy, Stephen Blankson, to six years in prison for unlawful entry and stealing.
Stephen pleaded guilty to the charges and asked for justice to be tempered with mercy.
His plea for mercy was ignored and the judge sentenced him accordingly.
According to the facts of the case, the convict is a house boy staying with his master, the complainant in the case, at North Dome in Accra.
On June 15, 2013 at about 6 a.m, the complainant and his family left the house for their store in Accra.
Soon after they had left, the convict capitalised on their absence and broke into his master’s bedroom and stole two flat screen television sets, jewellery and wrist watches, as well as $200 and an unspecified amount of cedis.
After the act, Blankson called the complainant on phone to inform him that there had been a theft in the house.
Following the information, the complainant rushed to the house and saw that his room had been burgled.
He then reported the matter to the police.
On July 7, 2013, the complainant saw two of his mobile phones and other items that were stolen from the house with Blankson and he was, therefore, arrested.
Upon interrogation by the police, he admitted the offence.