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Crime & Punishment of Thursday, 28 May 2015

Source: GNA

Two small-scale miners granted bail

A Tarkwa Circuit Court on Wednesday granted bail in the sum of 8,000 Ghana cedis with two sureties each to Aminu Ibrahim, 30, and Emmanuel Assifuah,37, for conspiracy and stealing one Aessel electrical generator valued 6,000 Ghana cedis belonging to the Wasa Akropong branch of the Dunkwa Area Cooperative Credit Union.

They pleaded not guilty and will re-appear on May 29.

Prosecuting, Police Chief Inspector Oscar Amponsah told the court presided over by Mr. Justice Obeng Asante that the complainant Felix Owusu is the manager of the Wasa Akropong branch of the Teachers' Co-operative Credit Union, and the accused persons are residents of Wasa Moseaso.

Chief Inspector Amponsah said at about 6.30 a.m. on May 7, the complainant kept his Aessel mini electrical generator on the second floor of a storey building where the credit union office is located, to support power failure.

He said around 7.00 p.m. on May 10, the complainant woke up and detected that the generator has been stolen and all efforts made by him to locate the person responsible for the theft proved futile.

Chief Inspector Amponsah said on May 11 the accused persons were arrested upon a tip-off and during interrogation, they admitted having committed the offence, and accompanied the police to Ibrahim’s kitchen where they kept the stolen generator.

The prosecutor said, the stolen item and its key were retrieved from them and they mentioned Abatawa and Ampong, now on the run, as their accomplices.